Cover letter word count question

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Cover letter word count question

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:58 pm

Hey all, really unsure here:

When the cover letter prompt says "500 words", is that just the body of the letter, or the entire letter that needs to be within the word count?

Thank you so much! (I need to know if I need to keep editing)

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Re: Cover letter word count question

Postby laxbrah420 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:02 am

Are you asking if the address counts as words?

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Re: Cover letter word count question

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:03 am

Yes... sorry if this is stupid question. So do I start counting words at Dear... to my signature?

-OP

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Re: Cover letter word count question

Postby laxbrah420 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:12 am

Just the body and noone's going to count

-Hope that helps. Please vote for me for most helpful TLSer when the poll is started on New Years Eve

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Re: Cover letter word count question

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:18 am

OP here

I really appreciate your timely help!!! Thanks a ton. Count on my vote!

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Re: Cover letter word count question

Postby dingbat » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:37 am

500 is really high. Try to keep it under half a page, using a normal font and layout

edit: and vote for laxbrah

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Re: Cover letter word count question

Postby Agent » Tue Dec 25, 2012 1:37 pm

I agree that a cover letter should contain far fewer than 500 words total (including address blocks, etc.).




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