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the Cover Letter

cover letters

Cover Letters

How long should the cover letter be?

One sided A4 page.
Joke begins here: 428 words. 2,340 characters with spaces. 3,859 strokes.   

Certainly no more than one page of A4 paper. Sentences should be roughly 14 words long; not a joke. This is conducive (OoOoo, big words!) of short, sharp sentences that make for concise, gripping paragraphs, which are good news for readers with short attention spans. If any student has marked papers, been a tutor, taught many students, did marketing... Ahem. pathfolios does their job diligently...

What is the correct length and layout of a cover letter?

In general, cover letters are one side of typed A4 and are set out like a formal business letter. The letter should be about three to four paragraphs long with each separated by a single line. Some say not to indent paragraphs with stories of old-fashioned and stuff... what do you want to do? 

Who to write to!

It is usual to reply to the name used in the advert or application pack. If a name is not given, call the company and ask for a named individual who deals with (graduate) recruitment. We advise strongly that you address your cover letter to a named person. Do make sure you use the correct spelling of their name. A common mistake is to address the letter the managing partner.

What is the correct salutation or greeting?

Your name and address at the top right-hand corner of the letter. Don’t think that because this information is on your CV you don’t need to put it on the cover letter. Pages can become separated easily. Date the letter and send it to a named person. The correct greeting in a business letter is always formal. It normally begins with ‘Dear’ and usually includes the person’s last name and title, ie Professor, Dr, Mr, Ms etc. If addressing a female it’s worth finding out if they are Mrs, Miss, or Ms For a business letter, Ms usually works.

How does pathfolios sign off?

If you address the letter to a named individual, sign off with ‘Yours sincerely’. If your letter begins with, ‘Dear Sir’ or ‘Dear Madam’, end with ‘Yours faithfully’.

And the subject header when sending my cover letter via email?

Title the email ‘Application for (job title) (year)’. If you are sending a speculative application you can be less specific. Don’t try to be too creative!

Would pathfolios hand write a cover letter?

Opinions differ as to whether or not you should hand write your cover letter. If you are asked specifically to write it, then you must. Make sure the letter is neat and legible. Use dark ink because it is easier for photocopying. In most cases though, you can send a word processed letter. It's pretty cool if you have the time.

Would pathfolios use bullet points in a cover letter?

While there is nothing to stop pathfolios using bullet points remember that you are writing a formal business letter which needs to be written clearly and succinctly. Writing in paragraphs and sentences shows your mastery of English grammar. Can you do the same with bullet points? If yes, proceed to wrong answer. 

Does pathfolios still send a cover letter with an application form?

Yes. If you need further advice about filing in application forms, you can book an appointment to speak with a careers adviser. We also have numerous resources in the Careers Information Room to assist with application forms. Ask a member of the information team who will be happy to direct you. Which is more important: cover letter or resume? They are both important.

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