Cover Letter Tips

Now that you’ve written and formatted your cover letter, here are some tips to help make it great!

  • Try to address your cover letter to a specific person. You can use “Dear Hiring Manager” if you have to.
  • Send an original letter for every job. You need to take the time to customize the cover letter for each job you apply for, based on the job posting.
  • Match your skills to the job requirements. If this job doesn’t require any typing, you don’t need to mention how many words a minute you can type.
  • Keep your letter short – no more than one page. The hiring manager is going to briefly scan your cover letter. They don’t have time to read a book.
  • Make sure that you can be reached. Is your phone on? Do you have your voicemail box set up? Is your voicemail box full? Have you been checking your email? If they can’t reach you, they will move on to the next person. Also, check your spam folder regularly. I’ve lost out on jobs because the invitation to interview ended up in my spam folder.
  • Capitalize proper nouns. Capitalize first and last names. Capitalize streets, cities, and states. Make sure you capitalize the first word at the beginning of every sentence. Capitalize the pronoun “I.” Don’t capitalize the first letter of every word that you type.
  • Avoid texting language.
  • Have a professional email address. If your email is partygurl09, the hiring manager is probably going to look at someone else.