Follow these guidelines to ensure your cover letter leaves employers with a positive impression.
- Tailor your cover letter to the job posting to show the employer you are paying attention to their needs.
- Keep your formatting consistent by using the same heading as your résumé. Includes your name, address, phone and email.
- Include the company name, address and postal code. You can find the postal code on the company’s website or by doing a postal code search at Canada Post.
- Address the cover letter to the person that will review it, if you have their name. If a name is not included in the job posting, use an appropriate title (Dear Human Resources, Dear Hiring Manager, ect.).
- Be authentic, enthusiastic and passionate.
- Use simple language and be original. This employer will judge you on your writing skills.
- Cover letters should never exceed one page.
- Proof Read the cover letter for grammar and spelling mistakes. Obvious mistakes will hurt your chances at getting an interview.
Avoid these cover letter mistakes that could cost you an interview.
- Never address the cover letter to Sir/Madam or To Whom It May Concern. These expressions are no longer used and will show the employer you have not done your research.
- Do not repeat the information from your résumé. Your cover letter is an opportunity to showcase additional skills not listed already. It is your conversation with the employer and a chance to market yourself.
- Do not handwrite the cover letter. Only in rare cases is this a requirement.