How to Choose the Right Font and Size for a Cover Letter
Which font should you use in your cover letter? What will make the best impression? When you are writing cover letters, it's important to use a font that is clear and easy to read. When hiring managers have to review dozens – if not hundreds – of applicants for a position, they may immediately pass over a cover letter and resume that aren’t instantly legible. Here's how to select a cover letter font and the appropriate font size for your letter.
Be sure to make your font large enough so that the reader doesn't have to squint to read your letter, but not so large that your letter doesn't fit well on the page.
Choose the Best Font Size and Style for Your Cover Letter
When it comes to choosing a font to use in your cover letter, your best bet is to keep it simple and professional. You want your words and message to stand out - not your font choice. Avoid using unprofessional novelty-style fonts such as Comic Sans, handwriting, or script-style fonts.
Ideally, the font used in the cover letter will be both the same size and style as the one used within your resume, to help you present a cohesive package. Review these tips for determining the right font for your cover letter, as well as what size it should be, and which styles are - and are not - appropriate to use within a cover letter.
Best Fonts for Cover Letters
Using a simple font will ensure that your cover letter is easy to read.
Basic fonts like Arial, Courier New, Calibri, Verdana, and Times New Roman work well. Most word processing and email programs will default to a professional and easily readable choice.
Limit yourself to one font in your cover letter; it's best not to mix several fonts in one document.
There is no need to use different styles in a cover letter.
Avoid underlining or italicizing, and use boldface text only when emphasizing quantifiable achievements that need to “pop” on the page.
What's an Appropriate Font Size?
Depending on how much content you have in your letter, select a 10 or 12 font size.
It's best if you can format your cover letter so it fits on one page, with margins that are no large than 1” and no smaller than .7”.
If your letter includes a heading with your name and contact information, you may choose to make this font slightly larger.
How to Select a Cover Letter Font
- Select a font from the list at the top of your document before you start writing your letter, or:
- Type your cover letter.
- Highlight the content of your letter.
- Either select the font from the pop-up window or select the font from the list at the top of the document.
- Select the font size you want to use the same way.
- Proofread your cover letter.
- Print your cover letter, even if you are going to upload it online, to make sure that it is formatted, properly spaced, and looks the way you want.
Include Plenty of White Space
Regardless of the font size you select, there needs to be space at the top of the letter and between each paragraph and each section of your cover letter.
Here's how to space your cover letter.
When you are using Microsoft Word, here is how to select a template for your letter and how to select the font style and font size. If you're using a different word processing program, the process is similar. Select the content of your cover letter, then choose a font and a font size.
You may need to try a couple of different sizes to make sure that your cover letter fits on a single page. Review these formatting tips to be sure your letter will make the best impression.
Email Cover Letters
The information above applies primarily to instances where you are sending a traditional cover letter by snail mail or when you are sending a formal cover letter as a Word or PDF attachment to an email message. Be forewarned that copy-and-pasting a cover letter into the body of an email message may destroy the formatting, making it difficult to read for an employer who may have a different computer system.
The safest thing to do when you are copy-and-pasting your cover letter to email is to remove all formatting and HTML and submit it as plain text.
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ROBYN A. MATTHEWS
15 Elm Lane
Sometown, IN 55555
Home: (555) 555-5555
January 9, 2018
Mr. Andrew Smith
Director of Operations
15 Lafayette Way
Sometown, IN 55555
Re: Mechanical Engineer Position (Ref. Code: 12345), advertised on Monster.com
Dear Mr. Smith:
Your job description for a mechanical engineer perfectly matches my qualifications, and I am very interested in the opportunity.
I have enjoyed a progressively responsible engineering career with ABC Manufacturing Co., and participated in the engineering of three major car model changes. I am experienced in all phases of new vehicle model development and implementation, from conception to production stages. Most recently, I have:
- Contributed to major model changes for the 2008 Carname, 2007 Carname and 2006 Carname;
- Developed process plans and layouts for seven additional car models;
- Reduced ergonomic impact on production team members by designing new assist lift systems;
- Helped create estimation and calculation tool for project budgets, greatly improving negotiating power with installation contractors; and
- Built rapport with overseas colleagues, often traveling to Japan for production consultations.
In addition, I have served as lead engineer in establishing standards that have reduced costs, enhanced efficiency, improved production methods and simplified equipment and part needs.
Mr. Smith, I have received repeated commendations from ABC Manufacturing Co. for my work quality, revenue contributions, and commitment to achieving company goals, and I know I would be a valuable asset to your North American Division. Please feel free to call me at 555-555-5555 or send an email to email@example.com to arrange a meeting. I look forward to speaking with you!
Robyn A. Matthews
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