Well, the main advantage of the cover letter is that it lets the recipients know exactly what they have received, and from whom it came. A document without a covering letter is easily mislaid, and it can be confusing. When one sends a document, normally a C.V. , the addressee is unlikely to be the person opening it. A good covering letter catches the attention of the reader and makes them look at the document.
Written badly it has the opposite effect and the document is unlikely to be forwarded to the intended reader. Cover letter presents one’s intentions, qualifications, and availability to a prospective employer in a succinct, appealing format. Resume can give the nitty-gritty of dates, places of employment, and education but a cover letter must entice the reader to take the extra few minutes to consider you when faced with hundreds and thousands of candidates for any one job opening.
Take a few minutes to personalize your letter by showing that you are really serious about working for the company you are contacting. State the reason that you are interested in working for that particular company. Show that you have done your homework. Address the cover letter to a specific individual or position.
Prospective employers really want to know why they should consider you for this position. Give a few facts, list relevant skills, and state accomplishments on your present or most recent jobs that will be impressive.
Emphasize your skills, talents, and experiences to show how you would be a valuable addition to the team. include professional experience briefly in your cover letter. Never include salary and relocation information on your resume, only address this information in your cover letter.
Take a proactive approach in your cover letter. State the fact that you are available for a personal interview; give your home, work, e-mail, and/or cell phone numbers where you can be reached; note that you will follow up by phone (where possible) to provide any additional information required.
A professionally written cover letter and resume can open the doors to your next position on the corporate ladder, as well as a new career in a different field. A clean, error-free presentation combined with strong phrasing and solid facts will encourage the reader to review the attached resume and call you in for an interview.
There is also a disadvantage with the cover letter that a badly written cover letter may cause the recipient not to even bother reading the accompanying document – this is especially the case when sending a CV , if the cover letter is full of spelling and grammatical errors, the reader is unlikely to even bother looking at the CV.
The cover letter acts as a supplement to your resume, and particulars not mentioned in the resume may be augmented therein. One thing you don’t want is to be overly verbose–just enough to show them that you are sincerely interested!