1. Is a 500-Word Cover Letter Too Long?

Is a 500-Word Cover Letter Too Long?

LiveCareer UK Editorial Team

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It is often recommended that a cover letter should be limited to one page, containing approximately 300–500 words. Within this range, you should be able to effectively showcase your skills, qualifications, and experience while keeping the content concise and focused.

A perfect cover letter definitely shouldn’t go beyond 500 words. Short cover letters are generally more welcomed by recruiters, especially since they have limited time to review each application thoroughly. A short application letter ensures they can quickly grasp your key strengths without sifting through excessive detail. 

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LiveCareer UK Editorial Team
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Since 2013, the LiveCareer UK team has shared the best advice to help you advance your career. Experts from our UK editorial team have written more than one hundred guides on how to write the perfect CV or cover letter.

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