These guidelines apply similarly to both hard copy correspondence and email.
The main difference between the two is format: your signature block (your address, etc.) goes below your name in email versions, while it goes at the top of the page on hard copy. You won't have a handwritten signature on email, but don't forget this important detail on a hard copy letter.
Formal Letter Writing
How to Write Formal Letters
Help with formal and business letter writing. A summary of writing rules including outlines for cover letters and letters of enquiry, and abbreviations used in letters.
If the resume is the piece of paper that gets you to the interview then the cover letter is the one that will get the employer to read the resume. So the resume and cover letter share the same goal- to get your employer to pick you! The best cover letters spark the employer’s interest and create an impression of competence.
"Do I really need a cover letter?" We're asked this question a few times every month. We get the
impression that people are hoping we'll say, "No! You don't need a cover letter. Your résumé's great, it
can stand on its own." After putting so much time and effort into their résumé, it's easy to understand why
people might think the cover letter is nothing more than a "dust jacket" for the real article. Just one more
piece of wasted paper that delays getting to the good stuff. What do most cover letters say, after all, but,
"You've got a...
We're not talking about Amsterdam's Red Light District. We're talking about finding a job. Cover letters
are your first sales pitch to potential employers. Remember that employers receive hundreds of resumes
and cover letters from people that are applying for the job YOU want. Your goal is to stand out from the
other candidates. A good cover letter introduces you to an employer and explains why you are one of the
best candidates applying for a job with the organization. It should motivate the employer to read your
resume and hopefully invite you to interview for a position you are...
The covering letter is your opportunity to tell a potential employer why you would be the right person for the job. Your aim in writing is to highlight your skills and experience so that you can get an interview.
Cover letters allow you to actually get your personalized message across to the hiring manager or
possible interviewer. The key is to be brief and direct...just like a resume...the person on the other end
will want to quickly read your cover letter...so make sure you don't write a short story.