What is a Cover Letter?
A cover letter is a document that you attach to your resume and use to apply for a job. It introduces you to the employer and provides context for the resume, which is usually just dry facts.
A cover letter is typically one page, and should never be more than two pages in length.
A cover letter gives you more room to expand on your skills and training. While your resume might not make it clear how your juggling skills apply to the sales job to which you're applying, your cover letter can provide small anecdotes and examples.
A cover letter is a good place to establish your voice. Cover letters should be written in a friendly, professional tone that indicates clear enthusiasm for the job without seeming to eager or overly-excited.
A resume covers the what and how of your career, but the cover letter addresses the why. It's the place for you to talk about why you're interested in the company and why the company should be interested in you.
If you're sending in a physical application, the cover letter traditionally goes on top of the resume. If you're emailing your application, the cover letter can serve as the body of the email, with the resume attached as a PDF or Word DOC.
Index of Cover Letter Examples