Other Cover Letter Tips

  • According to a recent study, 50% of hiring managers at Fortune 500 companies utilize cover letters as writing samples--devote as much time to your cover letters as you do to your resume.
  • Use care in sentence structure, spelling and punctuation:  make sure there are no mistakes.
  • Use a standard business letter style; make sure you sign your name.
  • Tailor each cover letter to each position and/or company.
  • Keep copies of your letters for your records.
  • Keep it short (no more than one page); you need not cover the same ground as your resume.  Your letter is an introductory summary of what you have to offer.
  • Do not call attention to lack of experience in certain duties.  Instead, emphasize valuable skills, transferable experience and company knowledge.