In this modern age where everything seems to be computerized, it is no wonder that few people opt to submit a handwritten cover letter or resume.
In the past, there were resume templates that one could use to fill-out manually. But now, everything is typed neatly on a computer and sent via email, so employers get to read and file the resumes more efficiently.
However, having a handwritten cover letter to accompany a resume can help you stand out compared to other applications. It may appear old-fashioned yet it is personal and specific at the same time.
If you want to create a handwritten cover letter for your resume, read the tips below to help you.
- Practice your writing. You may have been typing a lot lately and perhaps your penmanship is a little rusty. Get some sheets of paper and start practice writing again. Make sure you are able to observe a proper margin and straight lines. If you are having problems with the alignment and if you see that each line you write slants down, get a pad paper with lines. Place it under your clean sheet of paper and use the lines from the pad to guide you.
- Use proper tools. Use a clean, legal-sized bond paper and a black ink pen when writing a cover letter. Do not use just any pad paper and fancy, glittery pens as it will not seem formal and serious. Your paper should be of the same size as the paper you used for your resume.
- Do not write in script. Cursive writing is harder to read. So do not write the cover letter in script as much as possible. Write in the same manner in the whole letter for consistency and cleanliness.
- Observe proper size of characters. Make sure the font and size of your writing is readable. Do not write too small as it will be very difficult to read and understand. At the same time, do not write too big as if a child will read the letter. Also, do not write in block lettering in the body of the letter.
- Make sure you have correct punctuation marks. Punctuation marks such as commas, periods, question marks, etc. are automatically appended when you type using your desktop computer, especially in MS Word. However, as you cannot depend on this feature when writing manually, you need to be extra cautious of where to put the correct punctuation. Make sure you observe proper capitalization as well at the beginning of every sentence.
- Do not submit a letter with corrections. If you accidentally made a mistake in wording or spelling, start all over. Do not submit a cover letter with liquid eraser.
- Keep it short. As in any cover letter, handwritten or not, you should keep the content short and limited to only one page. Mention the position you are applying for and why you think you are the best candidate for the job. You may write some achievements and work experience to support this. Be sure to write in any job specification numbers or codes. Do not forget to thank the person for their time and that you are looking forward to presenting your detailed credentials to them in person.
Submit your resume with the cover letter on top. Proofread, proofread, and proofread. There is no automatic grammar or spelling check when doing a handwritten letter. So take time and review your work before submitting.