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When you think of writing an eye-catching cover letter, formatting might not be the first thing that comes to your mind. However, formatting your cover letter is more important than you might think.

Little things like choosing the wrong font or having the wrong spacing can make it harder for recruiters to read it. And, as a result, they will have a hard time seeing your value or they will give up on it completely. So, if you want to stand out, you need to learn how to format your cover letter properly (recruiters will thank you).


Have you ever read something that’s so over-formatted that it’s dizzying? It’s not fun. And, if you’re a recruiter who has a pile of applications to go through, this is the last thing you need. That’s why it’s important to take your cover letter formatting into account.

Think about how you read documents. What do you love and hate about the formatting? What formatting speeds up your reading, and what slows it down?

For example, one of my biggest pet peeves when reading documents is big, dense paragraphs. Too much text can make it hard to get to the meat and potatoes of what you’re trying to say.


Consider breaking up large paragraphs so the reader has a chance to breathe. It will also allow you to put more emphasis on certain points. If the reader doesn’t have to dig through a paragraph to find what they need, he or she will appreciate it.

About the Author

Ariella Coombs

Over the last 4 years, Ariella has been creating fun, yet educational blog posts and videos to help professionals build the career lifestyle they want. Her work has been featured in 12+ online publications, including TeenVogue, Business Insider, H&R Block, USA TODAY College, and more. One day, she hopes to host my own TV or web show for career-minded millennials.

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