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.
Signatures if You're Emailing. If you are sending your cover letter or inquiry letter by email, end with a polite sign_off followed by your full name. You do not need to sign a cover letter that is being sent electronically. Write out your full name in the same font as the rest of the letter, and there's no need for italics or a handwriting font. The formatting here is very similar to an uploaded cover letter. However, emails do not contain a header with your phone number or other contact information. It's a good idea to include these details in your closing paragraph or after your typed signature. That makes it easy for the employer or networking contact to get in touch with you.