How to Include Your Contact Information in a Cover Letter

Best practices and helpful letter templates for adding your contact information

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When you're writing a cover letter or sending an email message that includes a cover letter, you will always include your contact information, and you'll use the same basic template. This isn’t the time to get creative. You don’t want to make the recipient have to work at all to figure out how to get in touch with you. However, how you include your contact information will vary based on the method you use to send your cover letter.

Clue Your Reader In

In your cover letter, no matter what contact information you include—street address, phone number, email—indicate to the recipient the most expeditious way to contact you. For example, “You can reach me during business hours at the phone number above.”

Contact Section Template—Paper Cover Letter

When you are writing a cover letter to mail or to upload to a job board or company website, the first section of your cover letter should include information on how the employer can contact you. If you have contact information for the employer, include that. Otherwise, just list your information.

For a cover letter printed on paper, put your contact information at the top left. Use single-spacing and a consistent font, formatting it as a block of information that belongs together. On paper, you will always include your full mailing address (after all, you’re including the recipient’s full address as well, since you’re mailing the letter).

Additional contact information should include your phone number and email address.

Leave a space, add the date, and then type the recipient’s name and address, single-spaced. Include both the name of the person you are sending the letter to and that person’s title, as well as the organization name. Experts strongly recommend doing your research so that you know the name of the person who's receiving the letter.

Avoid if at all possible listing the contact information as the general staff in a department, such as “Hiring Manager, HR Department, XYZ Company.”

Here’s how the beginning of your letter should look:

Your Contact Information
Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address


Employer Contact Information
City, State, Zip Code

Contact Section Template—Email Letter

Email communication is a different story. When you send an email cover letter, don't include the contact information of the employer. And instead of listing your own contact information at the top of the message, include it in your signature, after your name. You can include your full contact information, such as street address, or just your name, email address and phone number. You might also include relevant links to your social footprint, such as your LinkedIn profile or professional website, if that will provide additional helpful information or add to your stature in the profession that you work.

Here are examples of email signatures:

Email Signature Example 

FirstName LastName
Email Address

Email Signature With Full Address Example

FirstName LastName
City, State, Zip
Email Address

Email Signature With LinkedIn Example

FirstName LastName
Email Address
LinkedIn Profile

Now that you've got your contact information squared away, the following links will help you write the rest of that cover letter.

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