Watch how many times you start your sentence with “I”. Remember, it’s not an autobiography.
Arrange the points in a logical sequence- each paragraph should have its own theme.
Tell the employer why you want to work there (don’t go overboard though).
Tell a story- people like reading stories!
Give them a sense of your personality by the way you write.
Don’t just summarize your resume.
Make sure your grammar and punctuation are perfect.
Focus on how your skills and experiences can benefit their company.
Never write more than 1 page.
Put your name/ heading at the top (match it to your resume).
Use business letter formatting.
Skip a line, put the date. Skip a line and then put their information (person to whom you’re writing, their title, company name, company address).
Find out to whom you are writing. Put “Dear” and then their name and a colon (Dear Mr. Michael Young:). Avoid “To whom it may concern” or “Sir/Madam”. If their name is not listed, you can try calling the Human Resources department and ask them to whom you can address the cover letter.
Skip a space in between each paragraph.
Left align all paragraphs- don’t indent.
Single space all text (skipping a line when appropriate).
End with Sincerely, skip 4 lines and type your name.
Use the same font type and font size as your resume. You want to make it seem like the documents belong together.