Wrap It Up: Two lines below the last paragraph, conclude with "Sincerely,". Three lines below that, type your full name. Don't forget your signature.
Leave a Great Impression: Three lines below the finish, type "Enclosure" (referring to your resume). You'll look professional, detail-oriented and oh-so-savvy.
The Quick List
* Do not send form letters. Tailor each letter to the company, department and, if possible, specific position. The extra effort pays off.
* Recruiters read hundreds of cover letters. Brevity is key. Keep the letter to one page.
* When touting your achievements, be confident but don't exaggerate, brag or lie.
* Read, edit and re-read your letter for typos. Ask a friend to read it, too.
A cover letter's strength lies in its language and detail, so do your research and take your time. Use a professional tone, but don't be stiff. Be yourself. Take advantage of this opportunity to show off your dynamic personality as well as your skills.