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.
Reread the description of your task (for example, the advertisement of a job opening, instructions for a proposal submission, or assignment prompt for a course). Think about your purpose and what requirements are mentioned or implied in the description of the task. List these requirements. This list can serve as an outline to govern your writing and help you stay focused, so try to make it thorough. Next, identify qualifications, attributes, objectives, or answers that match the requirements you have just listed.