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.
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.
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.
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