Oct 19, 2018 - 05:16 PM
The font you use in a cover letter should be common and easy to read. Good font choices for a cover letter include Times New Roman, Arial, and Calibri. When drafting a color letter in Microsoft Word, remember to use the same font that you’re using in your resume. There must be stylistic consistency between both documents.
It’s important to pick a common font that the recruiter or hiring manager will likely have on their computer. Now is not the time to use an artsy, obscure font! Your key goal with cover letter font is readability. It’s also important that the font not be too large or small. A good font size is 10 pt. or 11 pt.
Keep in mind that you may submit your cover letter in two ways. You may submit it in the body of an email. In other words, if you know the hiring manager, you may email them directly and your cover letter will be the email. Alternatively, if you apply online, you may upload your cover letter as an attachment.
If you upload your cover letter as an attachment, you will want to save it as a PDF first. This helps to ensure that the font you select – along with any additional formatting – will look the same for the hiring manager as it does for you.
For additional guidance on cover letter writing, navigate to LiveCareer’s How to Write a Resume page via the Cover Letters tab at the top of the LiveCareer homepage.
Aug 22, 2018 - 11:18 PM
It's best to stick with one font throughout the page and on both the cover letter and the resume. Avoid formatting changes, such as underline and italicizing. Only use the bold feature sparingly, such as when you want to emphasize a major accomplishment with quantifiable results. It's best to choose a 10 to 12 font size, so the words are easy to see and all of your content fits nicely on one page. If you have a heading, you may opt to increase the font size for your name and contact information.
With your font style and size chosen, consider reading through additional cover letter tips here. Effective cover letters lead to interviews, so take time to create a strong document.