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Cover Letter Tips

  • Keep the cover letter to one page and print it on résumé quality paper.
  • Try to obtain the receiver’s name so that you can address the letter to the individual. If you cannot find the name, use "Dear Sir or Madam."
  • If you know the name, write "Dear Mr./Ms. Last name." 
  • Make sure to proofread the letter so it does not have any spelling, spacing, or typing errors. Employers consider it a writing sample, indicative of your communication style and skills.
  • Highlight your skills and experiences that relate to the position and provide concrete examples of your successes.
  • When possible, refer to the specific Job Title or Number. The employer may have more than one vacancy posting.
  • Use the same font style as on your résumé.
  • For the closing, use "Sincerely" or "Respectfully." Then skip 4 lines and type your full name.
  • Sign your signature above your typed name unless you are submitting the cover letter electronically.
  • When a posting requests that you “include salary requirements”:
    • Do not omit the information. It might appear that you either did not read and follow instructions, or that you have no idea of your worth.
    • Research salaries to determine what a specific job title in a specific geographic locale averages.
    • Write your “requirement” in a range (not a set figure), i.e. $35-40K, not $37