Sep 12, 2018 - 07:41 PM
The best length for a cover letter is short and sweet. Hiring managers are often very busy and prefer not to read anything that is more than a page long. In fact, one survey showed that nearly 70% of employers prefer a cover letter that is 250 words or fewer, a number that equals about a half page. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. Consider what the job description asks for and what is common in the industry as you write your cover letter.
Because your cover letter is likely to be short, it is important to make the most of your words. Use the first paragraph to mention why you want to work for the company, which position you are applying for, and why you decided to apply. In the second paragraph, give the reader a bit of information the indicates what you will bring to the company if you receive a job offer. Both paragraphs should be engaging. Follow the company's tone in terms of creating something that is professional and formal versus casual.