Crafting Your Cover Letter

Use these cover letter tips for writing a cover letter so your job application gets noticed by prospective employers.

What are the parts of a cover letter?

A cover letter is really just a formal business letter that acts as an introduction to your resume. Because it is a formal business document, it should be in block business letter format. In this format, text is left justified (aligned on the left-hand margin).

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the different parts of a cover letter:

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If you're sending a cover letter via email, you don't need to include the date, return address, or mailing address at the top of the page. Just include your own address and other contact information, such as your email or phone number, below your name in the signature area.