I would be willing to bet that when I use the term “cover letter” you immediately think of a resume or c.v. cover letter. Am I right? Well, if I am, don’t worry about it, you aren’t alone. It seems that the vast majority of people think that “cover letters” are almost exclusively for transmitting resumes. (Including many so-called experts online).
In fact, there are many other uses for “cover letters” that have nothing to do with job hunting. What I’m talking about here are document transmittal cover(ing) letters used in just about every business. These letters are used to transmit or convey many different types of documents from one party to another.
Typically, a document cover letter is a one-page summary letter that briefly explains and/or itemizes the contents of other more complex and lengthy documents that are attached to it, or enclosed with it. Examples of the types of business documents that are often transmitted or conveyed “under” a cover letter include: plans, reports, applications, legal papers, manuscripts, travel documents, manuals, brochures, artwork, product samples, photos, specifications, technical documents, etc.
In business, cover(ing) letters are an essential part of the routine transmittal of documents from one party to another. Without them, there would be a lot of confusion and chaos with people trying to figure out why exactly they had received bundles of documents with no explanation tying them together.
To see some real-life samples of some typical cover letters, just click on the following link.
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