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Formatting Your Cover Letter

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Cover Letter Help Videos


Please click here to view short helpful videos on how to create a cover letter, resume and more. 

Remember that the basic format of a cover letter follows that of a business letter. As you design the page, think about the following:

  • Keep to one page
  • Write one paragraph of introduction, one to three paragraphs to highlight your skills, and one paragraph to conclude 
  • Single-space your cover letter.
  • Leave a space between addresses and dates in the heading.
  • Leave a space between your heading (contact info) and greeting
  • Leave a space between each paragraph.
  • Leave at least three spaces between your complimentary close ("Sincerely,") and typed name.
  • Sign your name in ink between your complimentary close and typed name.
Margins and Alignment
  • Use standard margins (one-inch margins, usually).
  • Align all paragraphs to the left of the page.
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