The Necessities: Structure, Length, and Typeface
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of making a disruptive covering letter, it’s important to make sure your covering letter has a clean and formal structure; meets your length requirements; and has a clean typeface and font.
If you’re able to locate the details of the business, you should include a small header that addresses the business’ title, address, and relevant contact number. You should also include your own details in this section, highlighting your name, mobile and email contact details, and the area you live in. Following this, your covering letter needs a solid introduction. Simply writing ‘To Whom It May Concern’ is an opening that shows you have no interest in connecting with the business. Whenever possible, you should include the position contact’s name, but if this information is unavailable, the next best thing is to address the letter to the business’ Recruitment or Talent Team.
Now, depending on what kind of position you’re applying for, your covering letter may need to be a short and sweet one-pager, or a more detailed four-to-eight pages. Now, typically, a one-page covering letter is all you need, but if you’re looking at a senior executive position with a few dozen key selection criteria requirements, you’re going to want to make the most of your space.
The best way to do this is by taking full advantage of Word or Pages formatting. Using a non-serif typeface like Arial, Calibri, or Garamond are not only ATS compliant but also visually appealing to a reader, and if you need to, you can adjust your font-size from anywhere between 10pt to 12pt. But what about when you have just one line over your page limit, but your font size is already getting a bit too small? Simply refer to your Layout Tab and the ‘after’ spacing box and lower the number until your content is all on one page.