How to Include Bullet Points in a Cover Letter

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When you write a cover letter, a bulleted list of the experience you have for the job can help show the employer why you are well qualified for the position. Using bullet points is a way to highlight your most relevant experience and to show you’re a match for the job.

A bulleted list is an option to use instead of the traditional paragraph cover letter format or the T-shape cover letter format. With a paragraph format, you are explaining how and why you’re qualified.

Bullets can help those qualifications stand out.

How to Include Bullet Points in a Cover Letter

Start your cover letter with an introductory paragraph that explains why you are writing. When explaining your related experience, bullet each of your job qualifications. Each bullet point should include a concise phrase or sentence that begins with an action word; you can include a period at the end of each sentence.

Use simple bullets such as circles, dots, hyphens or small squares. Avoid other symbols that might look too confusing or may not upload properly when you apply for jobs online. Keeping it simple will avoid funky formatting in your cover letter.

To generate your bullet points, match your qualifications to the job description. Include the skills that are the closest match to the job.

Letter Introduction
The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing.

Mention the position you are applying for and where you found the job listing. Next, provide a brief introduction, followed by the bullets.

Bullet Points

  • The middle section of your cover letter should include what you have to offer.
  •  Mention how your qualifications match the job you are applying for.
  • Highlight your most relevant experience.
  • Show the employer why you're a great match.

Letter Closing 
Finish your cover letter with a closing paragraph and your signature.

Tips for Writing Bullet Points

When you’re writing your bullet points, don’t copy from your resume or from the employer’s job posting. Take the time to write unique statements for each, based on your qualifications for the job. Include 3-6 bullet points listing your expertise and accomplishments.

Once you’ve set up your letter with an introduction, bullets, and a closing, you can simply swap out the bullet points when you write each new cover letter. It is a quick and easy way to customize your job application letters for each position you apply for.

Cover Letter Bulleted List Examples

  • Manage company communications including extensive social media experience.
  • Experience with C+, UNIX, Shell and Python scripting.
  • Work with students to educate and prepare them for careers using career advising techniques, career development strategies, and career preparation techniques.
  • Experience as a teacher’s aide in elementary school classrooms.
  • Certified human resources professional with extensive recruiting and hiring experience.
  • Manage complex projects from start to completion while ensuring client satisfaction and meeting all scheduled dates

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