Cover Letter Tips
The Different types of Cover Letters:
- Letter of Application
This letter is written in response to a specific job within an organization, which has been advertised or identified through networking.
- Letter of Inquiry
3. Salary Requirments
COVER LETTER GUIDELINES
- Never send a resume without a cover letter (unless directed)
- It should be concise and no more than one page with three to four pages maximum.
- Use 12 point, Times New Roman Font (font can be 11 point except for corporate jobs)
- Use .8-1 point. (for corporate jobs, font must be 1 inch)
- Use the same identifying information format for resume and cover letter
- Address your cover letter to the recruiter/hiring manager. If you do not know the name of the appropriate individual, call the organization and request the proper contact person's name and title.
- Double check spelling of contact names and titles.
- Tell an employer why they will benefit from hiring you not what you are going to gain from them
- Use action verbs
- Use your own words; you do not want your cover letter to sound like it was copied from a book or the internet
- Let your letter reflect your professionalism, individuality and creativity
- Demonstrate your abilities with concrete examples.
- Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Spelling, typographical, and grammatical errors are unacceptable.
- Sign your letters in blue or black ink.
- How to send it
- As an Email, the cover letter should be the body of the email message and (attach your cover letter and resume as two separate MS Word or PDF attachments or follow employers directions).
- Standard mail, the cover letter should be printed on resume paper (match paper used for resume). Do not staple your resume to your cover letter
- Fax on standard paper (resume should follow)