Before you send your cover letter, review this checklist to make sure that you have covered all the basics and are sending a perfect cover letter to your prospective employer.
Cover Letter Checklist
- The contact name and company name are correct.
- The letter is addressed to an individual, if possible.
- Letter mentions the position you are applying for and where it was listed.
- Your personal information (name, address, home phone, cell phone, email) is all included and correct.
- If you have a contact at the company, you have mentioned him or her in the first paragraph.
- Cover letter is targeted to the position you are applying for.
- Letter is focused, concise, clear, and well organized.
- If you have a gap in your employment history you have explained it in your cover letter.
- Font is 10 or 12 points and easy to read (Times New Roman or Arial, for example).
- There are no spelling, grammatical or typographical errors.
- You have read the cover letter out loud to make sure there are no missing words.
- Cover letter is printed on good quality bond paper that matches your resume.
- You have kept a copy for your records.
- Letter is signed if you are mailing it.
- Resume and letter are mailed flat in a business envelope (first choice) or neatly folded into thirds with the resume on top of the letter. Here's how to mail a resume and cover letter and how to email a resume and cover letter.
Proofreading Tips for Job Seekers
The smallest typo on your resume, cover letter or other application materials can prevent you from getting a job interview. These proofreading tips will help you make sure your documents are perfect.
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