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Is a Letter of Application the Same as a Cover Letter?

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ANSWER:

A letter of application is NOT the same as a cover letter.

A letter of application and a cover letter are used for a similar purpose: to show interest in a job opening. Though both of these letters serve the same purpose and share common features, there are some slight differences between the two.

Similarities

Both a cover letter and a letter of application express interest in a job position.

Both a cover letter and letter of application identify that the sender is qualified for the position.

Both a cover letter and a letter of application identify how the sender will follow up.

Differences

A letter of application is more detailed than a cover letter.

Unlike a cover letter, a letter of applications is not always sent with an attached resume.

A letter of application may include work history, unlike a cover letter, which serves as an introduction to a resume.

A letter of application lists licenses, certifications and qualifications.

 

Resources

Application Letter Vs. Cover Letter.” Work. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. <http://work.chron.com/application-letter-vs-cover-letter-5451.html>.

Cover Letters: Types and Samples.” Career Services. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. <http://www.career.vt.edu/jobsearchguide/coverlettersamples.html>.

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