Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions about how to write the most effective cover letter? View the Q&As below to learn more.

  1. How many pages should my cover letter be?

    As a general rule, try to keep your cover letter at one page in length consisting of 3–4 paragraphs.

  2. Should I include personal information on my cover letter?

    Personal information such as marital status, height, weight, hobbies, or photos should not be included in your cover letter.

  3. What size font and type should I use?

    General type should stay between 10–12pt. The best fonts are easy to read and have clean lines such as sans serif fonts including but not limited to Arial, Century Gothic, Futura, Lucida Sans, News Gothic, Technical and Zapf Humanist.

    Other fonts can also be used, such as Times New Roman, Rockwell, Book Antiqua and Garamond.

  4. Do I need to include my e-mail address in my cover letter?

    Yes, it is standard to provide the employer with both a phone number and e-mail address to contact you.

  5. Is it necessary to include a cover letter with my resume?

    Yes, unless the employer has specified otherwise, a cover letter should always accompany your resume.

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