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.
Do you need to write a business letter? Not sure about the best layout to use or what to include in your letter? It's important that all the business letters you write are properly formatted and professional in appearance. When you are writing to prospective employers, colleagues, professional and business connections, the layout of your letter is almost as important as what you are writing. If the letter isn't formatted correctly, doesn't have enough space between paragraphs, and uses a non_traditional font style or size, it can reflect poorly on you.