If you are sending your application by post then make sure that the recipient’s name, department and address details on the envelope are the same as at the top of your cover letter.
What paper to use
You should only use good quality plain white paper. Do not use coloured paper, lined paper or paper with holes in it.
Sending your cover letter as an email attachment
Use sensible filenames for your attachments . do not use something like ‘miketheman_’, also use a subject line that will make sense to the recipient and looks professional, for example use the job name or reference . ‘Office Manager Ref B234’.
Grammar and spelling mistakes
Make sure that there are none. Remember if there are any mistakes then your application is likely to be rejected immediately, recruiters will be reviewing your attention to detail and your ability to communicate in writing. Consider having a friend or colleague proof read your application.
During my time at New York University, I held several internships and freelance writing jobs that introduced me to the world of modern journalism. After graduation, I landed a managing editor position at [publication name] that helped me develop and hone the leadership, organization and strategic planning skills that will help me succeed as your assistant editor. With the assistance of the interns and freelancers I supervise, I have raised the monthly web traffic of [publication] by more than 50 percent and nearly tripled its overall social media following.