A cover letter, as used in the job_hunting context is a document that is supposed to provide an introduction to the resume or curriculum vitae, which are the basic document employed when marketing one's own services to a potential employer. In the traditional way of doing things (when job hunters used 'hard copy' applications), the 'cover letters' was typically attached on top of the curriculum vitae or resume, thereby typically serving a cover in the literal sense of the word, to the Curriculum vitae or resume; and it is probably from this fact that it probably got its name 'cover letter'.
How Many People Actually Follow Up? _ You would be surprised how few people take the time to think about sending in a follow up letter asking for the job interview. Anyone who has experience in sales will tell you that the key to success is to follow up with your prospects. And the job search is no different. When it comes to job interviews, the most successful people take the time to focus on their cover letter format as well as send in the follow up letter. Doing this one simple step will mathematically double your interview chances!