To some employers, the cover letter is a more important gauge of an applicant’s qualifications than the résumé. Letters are scrutinized for grammar, communication skills, and relevance. Every résumé should be accompanied by a well-written cover letter, whether it was requested by the employer or not.
An effective cover letter will create enough interest on the part of the reader to warrant closer examination of the résumé. Make sure your cover letter includes good spelling and grammar.
Cover letters should include:
If possible, mail/email cover letters to the attention of a specific individual within the company, rather than simply to Human Resources.
If applying to a job via email, include the cover letter in the body of the email or as an attachment and attach your résumé.