Format Your Cover Letter Properly


TeenaRoseBook.jpg A cover letter is formal business correspondence. It should be typed or printed (never handwritten) in paragraph form and should not be longer than a page. Set your margins for one inch on all four sides. Use an easy-to-read 12-point font such as Times New Roman or Arial. Print the cover letter on good quality white or ivory bond paper that matches your resume. Never use personal stationery, colored paper or typing paper, and don’t dress up the paper with “loud” borders or inappropriate graphics. Those “extras” tend to distract someone from the content of your letter.

This tip is excerpted with permission from Designing a Cover Letter to “Wow” Hiring Personnel, an e-book by Teena Rose. For more cover-letter tips, visit Teena’s Bookstore to download your copy for $27.77. You can also download a free 19-page excerpt.