Oct 02, 2008 What is the best length for a cover letter? I realized that the body of the cover letter I had just written amounted to 35s of a page, singlespaced, size 12 Ariel (split into four paragraphs, but there is no spacing between paragraphs). In fact, as far as how long your cover letter should be, shorter is better. Almost 70 of employers wanted a cover letter of less than a full page and about 25 said the The average length of a cover letter generally depends on the type of job you are applying to and should summarize your skills and abilities related to the jobs responsibilities.
Length A cover letter should be as brief as possible, generally two Dec 09, 2010 Cover Letter Length (recommended? ) (Originally Posted: ) Hey all, making cover letters for all the resume drops I'm doing (applying to like 10 places). Just wondering what the length of cover letters should be around. For example, resumes have a onepage limit, so if a cover letter is on one page would it be OK? My letter is Do Be Concise: Cover letters should be one page long Cover letter recommended length divided into three to four paragraphs.
The first paragraph should indicate the reason you are writing and how you heard about the position. Include attention grabbing, yet professional, information. (And while were on the topic: 99 of job applicants write cover letters that just summarize their work history. Thats relatively worthless. Stop that. ) Being a certain length isnt what makes a cover letter effective; its what it says. If your letter does that but its longer than a page, look for ways to edit it down without losing its essence.
If its half a page or less, you should just be damn sure that its truly passing that litmus test.