Cover Letter Best Practices
A well-written cover letter introduces you, prompts the reader to want to know more about you, and establishes your credentials. A good cover letter partners nicely with your resume and a strong networking process.
- Address letter to specific person whenever possible.
- Ensure all comments are in good taste.
- Personalize letter with:
A comment about the recipient organization.
Contractions such as “you” and “I.”
- Keep sentences/paragraphs simple and short.
- State a problem the organization has that you can solve.
- Use a conversational, direct style.
- Create professionally printed stationery with contact information included on each page (as applicable),
- Use good grammar with all words spelled correctly.
- Demonstrate that you are ready for and enjoy a challenge.
- Personally sign letters to be posted via U.S. mail.
- Use pen with contrasting ink with pleasing color.
- Indicate how and when you will follow-up.
- Send unsolicited cover letters and resumes early in the week.
- Print each letter individually.
Ensure that cover letter puts you in positive light and creates a good first impression.