Rules of the Road for Cover Letters and Job Search Emails

You may assume cover letters should be boring. Well, throw that theory out the window and use the following “Rules of the Road” to create a letter that will make yours unlike (in a positive way) anyone else’s on an employer’s desk.

Four Rules of the Road for Writing a Cover Letter or Cover Email

  1. Build a personal connection.
    Establish a personal connection with the reader of your letter as quickly as possible.
  2. Keep your writing style friendly and professional.
    Use conversational language, similar to how you would speak if you were having a business conversation.
  3. No form letters or form emails.
    A form letter is a turnoff! Personalize each letter and email, no matter how many you send out.
  4. Make it quick and easy to read.
    Format your one page letter using short paragraphs, bullet points, and white space to make your letter look quick and easy to read.