Cover Letter Tips

The goal of the cover letter is to create strong interest in you, encouraging the employer to look at your resume. Think of the cover letter as a letter of introduction, an opportunity to make a favorable first impression. In addition to highlighting your qualifications, it illustrates your communication style and conveys professionalism.

Format and Style

  • Format for visual clarity and balance
  • One page, block style, with one-inch side margins
  • The paper (if printed), font type, size, and the heading with your contact information should match your resume

Language and Tone

  • Address the person in a professional manner (e.g., Mr., Ms., or Dr.)
  • Choose a professional closing such as "Sincerely" or "Best Regards"
  • Sign the letter using both your first and last name
  • Keep consistently professional and respectful tone, but also engaging
  • Courtesies such as "please" and "thank you" are important

Grammar, Spelling, and Punctuation

  • Use correct grammar and avoid contractions
  • Check for errors; proofread again and again


  • Introductory Paragraph: explain reason for writing, referring to position in which you are interested, and how you heard about the opening or organization
  • Middle Paragraph(s): explain your interest in position and employer; relate your qualifications and experience; use action verbs to highlight what you have to offer
  • Closing Paragraph: request action, such as an interview; list your phone number and e-mail address, unless you have them listed on the top of the page; restate your interest in the employer; thank them for their time and consideration


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