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Quick Formatting Tips for Cover Letters

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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 it to one page.
  • Write one introductory paragraph, one to three paragraphs to highlight your skills, and one concluding paragraph.


  • 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 ("Dear...:").
  • 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).
  • Can use smaller margins (to about 0.7-inch) as long as you are consistent on all sides.
  • Align all paragraphs to the left of the page. (You can also indent the first line of each paragraph, but that is not used as often.)