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Email Cover Letter Tips

These are some tips for sending a good email cover letter:

Use the subject line properly. Don’t waste the subject line of your email by just using something boring like the job requisition number. Instead, use the subject line to entice the reader to look at your cover letter.

Keep your cover letter concise. Your cover letter shouldn't be longer than one screen in length.

Use keywords. Add into the letter buzzwords relvant to the job you are seeking. Since your info may be stored into a database, using keywords will improve the chance that your cover letter and resume will come up in future searches.

Stick with plain text (ASCII). Do away with formatting by saving the file as "plain text".

Limit line length. Lines should be no more than 60 characters in length. Although some email packages automatically do word wrap you should check. You don’t want a cover letter that displays as fragmented on multiple lines.

Use proper grammar. Just because it’s an email, doesn’t mean you should shouldnt use proper grammar. Avoid various shortcuts used in everyday emails.

Proofread before sending. Use a spellcheck and take the time to thoroughly proofread it.

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