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How Long Should a Cover Letter Be?

By March 15, 2014

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There is some debate about whether you need a cover letter, or not, when you apply for jobs. There are also varied opinions on how long a cover letter should be.

Should you keep it short or should it be a full page that covers in detail why you are a match for a job?

The Saddleback College Resume Survey reports that more than half (53%) of employers responded that a cover letter is required, while nearly 30% had no preference.

As far as how long your cover letter should be, shorter is better. Almost 70% of employers wanted a cover letter of less than a full page and almost 25% said the shorter the better.

Here are the preferences for cover letter length from the employers who responsed to the survey:

  • Full page - 12.6%
  • 1/2 page - 43.7%
  • No preference 19.5%
  • The shorter the better! 24.1%

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