How do I write a covering letter for a job application?
What is the best greeting for a cover letter?
The most professional salutation for a cover letter is “Dear.” Even an email cover letter should start with “Dear,” followed by the hiring manager's name and a colon or comma.
What does a cover letter look like for an application?
A cover letter is a one-page document that you submit as part of your job application (alongside your CV or Resume). Its purpose is to introduce you and briefly summarize your professional background. On average, your cover letter should be from 250 to 400 words long.
A cover letter should be formal. A cover letter is a business letter, and a business letter should always be straightforward and easy to read. One place formality comes into play with a cover letter is the salutation.
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you're writing. Mention the position you're applying for and where you saw the listing. Include the name of a contact or reference, if you have one.
Yes, you should use a template for a cover letter. A cover letter template will allow you to easily create a well-formatted, professional-looking cover letter. Hiring managers appreciate cover letters that are clearly laid out and easy to read.
If you are certain of their gender and want to use a title, use either "Mr." or "Ms." Avoid using "Mrs." or "Miss" since this will involve some guesswork about their marital status. (You may make an exception if you know the hiring manager personally and they have told you their preference.)
Alternatives to using 'Dear Hiring Manager' on your cover letter
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss my application further. Sign off your cover letter with 'Yours sincerely' (if you know the name of the hiring manager), or 'Yours faithfully' (if you don't), followed by your name.