Sep 04, 2018 - 04:59 PM
The best cover letter format is one that matches your resume in visual format and writing style. They should appear to be part of the same application packet, so to speak. Use the same header and font in your cover letter that you use for your resume. If you have included your name, phone number, and email address at the top of your resume, include the same information at the top of your cover letter. In addition, your cover letter should only be a single page in length, and it should appear in single space paragraph formatting.
Inside of the cover letter, you should include a few basic pieces of information. Be sure to include a greeting to the reader. Then, the first paragraph should mention the job you’re applying for, as well as the name of the company, and a succinct, to-the-point, and compelling explanation as to why you’re the best candidate for the job.
In the middle paragraph or paragraphs of the cover letter (no more than two supporting paragraphs in the middle), do a deeper dive on information that’s contained in your resume. Bring a story or anecdote to life that ties to your past/present work experience or education, and make sure it illuminates how you can/will shine in the role you’re applying for. Tell a compelling personal story that will hold the reader’s interest and relate to the needs and requirements of the job.
In the final paragraph of your cover letter, re-emphasize your interest in the role, thank the reader for their time, and mention the best avenue for further communication on the role (email, phone, etc.).
Aug 08, 2018 - 11:05 PM
The best format allows you to point out your industry-specific skills, experiences, and knowledge. It is easy to read and professional looking. It does not use crazy fonts or justified text blocks. It uses short paragraphs and bulleted lists to increase readability. It adds minimal pops of color if any. It matches your resume and the tone of the company you want to work for.
Finding the perfect cover letter won't happen. There's no such thing as a one-size fits all format. You need to consider the job you want and the company you want to work for as you pick out a cover letter format. For example, an accountant may want to use a traditional format while a 3D animator may want to use a modern format.