Aug 01, 2018 - 10:46 AM
Studies have found that the best length for a cover letter is less than one page. Your cover letter is unique to you, so the exact length will vary, but to maximize your chances, think very carefully about how much you can include before it becomes intimidating to read. Consider having a friend read it and ask if it held their attention. This is just one common cover letter rule that you need to understand before you begin writing.
Oct 02, 2018 - 01:10 PM
It is not okay for your cover letter to be more than one page. This is a common question among jobseekers, so I’ll reiterate my response: it is absolutely not okay for your cover letter to be more than one page! A cover letter should always be a single page in length.
If you construct a long cover letter, the hiring manager will likely not read it. Your intention with a cover letter is to impress the hiring manager, but a long cover letter (more than one page) will likely do just the opposite.
In the cover letter, be sure to mention the title of the job you’re applying to and the company name. Then, explain why you’re a good fit for the job. You may want to talk about your prior work experience, and you’ll definitely want to talk about the skills you possess, and how they apply to the job. You’re free to mention your educational background or any certifications that you hold. If you have a hobby outside of work that ties to the job you’re applying to, your cover letter is a good place to mention it.
It’s okay to touch on things that may already be listed on your resume—just do so in a way that doesn’t reiterate (word for word) what’s already in your resume. A cover letter offers you the chance to further detail your personal, professional story. Just remember to tell the story in a concise manner! Be sure you close out the cover letter with your contact information. For additional guidance on cover letter writing, navigate to LiveCareer’s How to Write a Cover Letter section, which is available via the Cover Letters tab at the top of the LiveCareer homepage.