Tips and Tricks for Better Letters: Following the proper formatting is only the first part of writing a letter that gets action. The content of a poorly formatted letter is unlikely to be read _ in one study of HR personnel, more than 80% said they’d throw out a resume if there were only one or two errors in the cover letter _ but even a well_formed letter is unlikely to be acted on unless the content is powerful and engaging. Once you have their attention, you need to create interest in whatever you’re offering. Promise to solve their problems _ with a great product, with your services, with a partnership, with whatever it is you’re writing about.
Application letters and cover letters. Many people believe that application letters and cover letters are essentially the same. For purposes of this handout, though, these kinds of letters are different. The letter of application is a sales letter in which you market your skills, abilities, and knowledge. A cover letter, on the other hand, is primarily a document of transmittal. It identifies an item being sent, the person to whom it is being sent, and the reason for its being sent, and provides a permanent record of the transmittal for both the writer and the reader.