Start Your Cover Letter Properly


TeenaRoseBook.jpg Follow proper business letter formatting. In the header, place your address, preferred telephone number (lean towards your personal phone, avoid publishing a company number), and email address, in that order. Skip a handful of lines, and then place the date of the letter with the full name, job title and address of the person to whom you are sending the letter, in that order, bumped up against the left margin. If absolutely necessary, address the letter to “Hiring Manager” or “Recruiting Coordinator.” Skip a line or two and write your salutation, using the appropriate form of address and the person’s last name followed by a semicolon.

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.