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.
Since your signature is likely to be difficult to read, type your name down a couple of lines so that your reader knows who is writing to them. Enclosures: (Below signature block) If you have included any further material _ a business card, a brochure, a price sheet, whatever _ list the number of items and describe each. Finally, proofread, proofread, and proofread again. While a friend might excuse even the worst spelling and grammar, a business letter is often your first (and maybe only) chance to make an impression _ it needs to be impeccable.