Cover Letter Checklist

For each of the sections, remember to:

  • Address your letter to a particular person If not, did you research to find out a specific person to whom it should be addressed?
  • Spell the recipient's name correctly
  • Use the appropriate title for your recipient (Mr., Ms., Dr.)
  • Use a colon following the salutation
  • Indicate exactly what position you are applying for and how you found out about the opening
  • State clearly why you are interested in the position and the organization
  • Provide specific examples of skills related to the position
  • Present your letter in a form that is neat and attractive
  • Avoid re-writing your resume
  • Vary the sentence structure
  • Limit the use of "I" and "My" at the beginning of each sentence
  • Express appreciation for the employer considering your application
  • Tell the employer what you can do for the organization rather than what it can do for you
  • Create an original letter rather than a mass-produced copy
  • Spell every word correctly and use crisp diction
  • Verify the grammar, syntax, punctuation and capitalization throughout your letter
  • Convey confidence without seeming arrogant
  • Sign your name in blue or black ink
  • Print your letter on bond paper (the same paper as your resume) using a high-quality printer