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What may happen if the line length of your electronic cover letter exceeds 65 characters?


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Perla Aroyo
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There is an unspoken rule that an electronic cover letter (as well as a print one) must be less than or a maximum of one page long, which is true. However, some applicants want to say so much when they apply for a job that they decide to exceed this limit, and, often, they increase the line length to fit more information.

What happens then? Sometimes, nothing may really happen. However, remember that some employers may simply disregard such letters.


Rachel Evans
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When writing a cover letter, it’s natural if you intend to show what a great employee you are. This is the right thing to do as long as you don’t go over the top and exceed the limits that are considered a norm.

Namely, it is considered that the perfect line length is 65 characters. So, what will change if you go over that limit? Such a decision will look unprofessional and hint that you cannot follow the general requirements.


Ivory Howard
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The right length of each line of your cover letter is up to 65 characters. If you violate this rule, this will look unprofessional and show you as a disorganized person, so it definitely won’t help you land a job.
But there is one more issue. If your lines exceed the generally accepted limit, your electronic cover letter may look uneven and messy on the reader’s screen. Consequently, the document will become less readable and will make a bad impression.

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