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5 Tips for a Clear Cover Letter Format

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

The visual element of your job application is just as important as the content. This is because when something is disorganised and difficult to read, people (in this case, busy recruiters and employers) simply won't bother. So to make sure that your cover letter sets the scene for your CV making it to the 'read pile' try out these super quick (and effective!) formatting tips.

  1. Use the same font and point size as with your CV. This adds an aesthetic cohesiveness to your application.

  2. Use a contemporary font in a large enough size that’s easy to read. We like Calibri, Arial, Verdana, Tahoma, Trebuchet & Franklin Gothic Medium in point size 11.

  3. Avoid using quirky fonts, italics, colours, lines, graphics and any fancy formatting. Keep it business-like. And definitely no emojis!

  4. Don't add a photo! It’s unnecessary and can cause subconscious bias.

  5. Use the modern ‘block’ layout – with all of your text justified to the left hand side of the page. There's no need to indent and waste valuable space.


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