A cover letter is used to introduce yourself and your resume. You can send a resume without a cover letter, but you cannot send a cover letter without a resume. When you send a hard copy, then the cover letter and the resume are two different pieces of paper. When you send a resume through email, the email content is your cover letter and the resume is attached. One big mistake some people make that is very bad is that they forget to attach the resume. Please don't forget to attach documents when you say you will. Below is an example of a cover letter.
Dear Mr. Johnson,
I am responding to a job posting from Monster.com regarding the Software Engineer position. I was very excited to see this job posting because the description closely matches my skillset. Please find enclosed my resume showing my education, experience, and background.
I have over 5 years experience working as a software engineer for Amazon.com. I also have 2 years of experience owning and leading projects. Most recently, I organized the development of a new web service that increased efficiency by 40%.
I have excelled as a software engineer because I enjoy learning many new technologies. This field is always changing and it gives me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge. Finally, my friendly personality and willingness to share ideas will ensure that I will not only blend smoothly into your dynamic environment, but to make it better as well.
If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact me anytime.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Remember when writing a cover letter that you need to sell yourself. We can discuss what makes this cover letter good or bad in the discussion board.
If you need more help writing cover letters, there are many sites that provide this service.
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