Since the MLA style applies to research papers, there are formatting guidelines that can also be applied to letter writing. What are some of these guidelines? First, in the same way that a student is to write his or her name, course name and number, and professor at the left_hand corner of the paper, letter writers are to place their street, city, and zip code at the top right_hand side. After the zip code, they should place the date (month, day, and year; for example, "June 3, 2008") on which they wrote the letter (students place the date on the left_hand side after the course name and number but before the professor's name). The location to place identification information is different (left vs. right), but the identification information still goes to the top of the page. Next, the letter writer should place the recipient's address beneath the date. Like the addressee, the recipient's address should include street, city, and zip code.
Use bullet points to segment the content. Since we are working on a 3 paragraph maximum length for your letter, the content can be further broken down by bullet points. Similar to this article, where I used a numbering system from 1 to 6, it allows the reader to glance down and get the outline of what you are trying to say. At the beginning of your paragraphs, use bold face font. This is a trick that many marketers are familiar with. If you highlight the first few words of each paragraph with compelling text, the reader will want to read more. And this is a good thing! Give your printed letter the eye test. Since most people end up writing their letters on a computer, and sending them in digitally, it might be a good idea to actually print it out, look at the font size as well as the content and see how easy it is to read. Since the company will be actually printing out the document and reading it by hand, it makes sense for you to do the same. These are just a few great tips that you want to remember for your cover letter format.