Cover Letter Guidelines

  • Typed. Never written.
  • Error free. Check grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Print on good quality, bond paper. Use the same paper as you use for your resume, as well as the same font.
  • Always address your letter to a specific person, preferably, the person who is doing the hiring. If you are unsure of the appropriate name or title, call and find out or go to the website. Do not guess. Make sure the persons name, title, and address are accurate and spelled correctly.
  • Be sure to include the date.
  • Use a colon after the salutation, not a comma.
  • Highlight three to five key pints form your resume and use key words and phrases.
  • Single space within paragraphs and double space between them.
  • Keep your cover letter short and to the point. (Usually 3-4 paragraphs)
  • Keep your letter in present tense. Avoid the passive voice.
  • Tailor your letter to each employer you send it to. Avoid writing a generic letter.
  • Sign the letter and paperclip it on top of your resume.