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The Book Cover Archive , for the appreciation and categorization of excellence in book cover design.

Who runs this thing?

The Book Cover Archive is edited and maintained by Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen.

Send suggestions, comments or bugs to [email protected]

Font identification

Font identification generously provided by Stephen Coles, editor of Fonts In Use and Typographica.

Portfolio sites of
book cover designers

  • Mark Abrams
  • Kelly Blair
  • Milan Bozic
  • Christopher Brand
  • Barbara deWilde
  • Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
  • David Drummond
  • David Gee
  • Jonathan Gray
  • Darren Haggar
  • High Design
  • Jamie Keenan
  • Chip Kidd™
  • Gregg Kulick
  • Chin-Yee Lai
  • Mark Melnick
  • Peter Mendelsund
  • David Pearson
  • Isaac Tobin
  • Megan Wilson
  • Ben Wiseman
  • Henry Sene Yee
  • Helen Yentus

Great sites on
book cover design

  • The Casual Optimist
  • The Book Design Review
  • Book Covers Anonymous
  • Faceout Books
  • Judge a Book…
  • Tal Designz
  • The Penguin Blog
  • Peter Mendelsund’s Thoughts
  • The Pelican Project
  • Joe Kral’s Penguin Collection
  • Caustic Cover Critic

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Microsoft Word offers a gallery of convenient pre-designed cover pages to accent your resume. Choose a cover page and replace the sample text with your own.

On the Insert tab, in the Pages group, click Cover Page.

Click a cover page layout from the gallery of options.

After you insert a cover page, you can replace the sample text with your own text by clicking to select an area of the cover page, such as the title, and typing your text.

If you insert another cover page in the document, the new cover page will replace the first cover page you inserted.

To replace a cover page created in an earlier version of Word, you must delete the first cover page manually, and then add a cover page with a design from the Word gallery.

To delete a cover page inserted with Word, click the Insert tab, click Cover pages in the Pages group, and then click Remove Current Cover Page.

Microsoft Word offers a gallery of convenient pre-designed cover pages to accent your resume. Choose a cover page and replace the sample text with your own.

Note: Cover pages don’t display page numbers.

Insert a cover page

On the Insert tab, click Cover Page.

Click a cover page layout from the gallery of options.

After you insert a cover page, you can replace the sample text with your own text by clicking to select an area of the cover page, such as the title, and typing your text.

To see how your cover page will look, on the View menu, select Print Layout or Web Layout.

If you insert another cover page in the document, the new cover page will replace the first cover page you inserted.

To replace a cover page created in an earlier version of Word, you must delete the first cover page manually, and then add a new cover page with a design from the Word gallery.

Remove a cover page

Click the Insert tab, click Cover Page, and then click Remove Cover Page.

Copy to Clipboard

Make a positive first impression by addressing your cover letter to the right person. An appropriate salutation is specific and sets the tone for the rest of your cover letter, demonstrating your attention to detail and making your job application stand out.

Below, you’ll find tips on how to address a cover letter and examples to help you start a cover letter that will catch the hiring manager’s attention.

When you know the hiring manager’s name

Establish a personal connection by addressing the hiring manager directly. If you have their full name but aren’t sure of their gender, begin with “ Dear ” followed by their first and last name. Even if you know their gender, this is always a safe option. For example:

Dear Robin Lopez

Dear Shadi Hamid

If you are certain of their gender and want to use a title, use either ” Mr. ” or ” Ms. ” Avoid using ” Mrs. ” or ” Miss ” since this will involve some guesswork about their marital status. (You may make an exception if you know the hiring manager personally and they have told you their preference.) Follow the title with their last name. For example:

Dear Mr. Johnson

Avoid greetings like “ Hey ,” or “ Hi ,” which are too casual for formal documents like cover letters.

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“To Whom It May Concern” Alternatives
“Greetings,” “Hello,” “Hi there,” “Dear [ Team or Department ] ,” “Dear [ Job Title ] ,” “Dear [ First Name ] ,” or “Dear [ Mr./Mrs./Ms./Dr./Professor ] [ Last Name ] “

When your contact has an academic or professional title

There are times when you may want to replace ” Mr. ” or ” Ms. ” in your cover letter salutation with a different prefix. For example, if the person holds a PhD, it is considered more respectful to address them as “ Dr. Last Name, ” instead of “ Ms. Last Name. ” Other academic or professional titles you may encounter include:

When you don’t have a contact name

If you don’t know to whom you should address your cover letter, do some research to find the hiring manager’s name. Addressing a specific person tells the hiring manager that you’ve written the cover letter for this specific role. It also shows that you’ve taken the initiative to learn more about the company.

To find the hiring manager’s name, refer to the job listing, carefully search professional networking sites and the company website, or conduct targeted Google searches. If you still can’t identify the hiring manager, try calling the company. Explain that you’re applying for a job and would like to address your cover letter to the correct person. Alternatively, you can email the company.

When you still can’t find the hiring manager’s name

If you’ve done your research but are still unable to find a name, use a generic yet well-thought-out salutation. Show that you’ve thoroughly read the job description by tailoring your salutation to the specific job and company. What company department is the job part of? Who will you be reporting to?