Cover letters should always be customized to the specific job you are applying for.
Cover letters should be concise and not longer than one page. It should be well written, with no spelling and grammar mistakes. A single error may count as a strike against your attention to detail and professionalism.
Format the cover letter in standard business letter format. The salutation should ideally be addressed to the hiring manager, or “To Whom It May Concern” if you don’t know.
The first paragraph of the letter will be an introduction of yourself, and will reference the name and identification number job you are applying for.
The second paragraph will explain why you are the right candidate for the job, referring to strengths, skills, and experience. Pick out key words from the job description and speak directly to them.
The closing paragraph will thank the reader for his or her time and consideration, with a suggestion of a follow up. Always remember to sign off the cover letter with your actual signature.
Send the cover letter in the file format indicated, otherwise a PDF is standard.