One of formats one can be employed in drafting the letter is what is referred to as basic cover letter format. The basic cover letter format, as the name suggests is a 'no_frills' cover letter format, that incorporates only the absolutely necessary details, and which is a very basic introduction to the attached resume or CV. It is referred to as being the 'basic cover letter format' when compared to the other more detailed cover letter formats, which are sometimes so detailed as to be quite comprehensive 'essays' on the job_seeker and his or her life. Such essay_like cover letters are in fact (sometimes) so detailed as to do away with the need for the curriculum vitae or resume to be attached. A typical basic format cover letters will normally start with the job_seekers address, the potential employee's address, a 'reference line' giving reference to the job one is searching, and typically just about a single paragraph of text, introducing the jobseeker to the potential employer, making a case as to why they are suitable for the job, and making the employer aware of the attached documents (CVs, academic and professional credentials) out of which the potential employer is supposed to make decisions as to whether to invite the jobseeker to for an interview or 'whether to put the whole thing into the 'trash bin. 'While brevity is an essential quality in a cover letters, it is important, when creating a cover letters using the basic cover letters format to ensure that you don't sacrifice essential bits of information for it (brevity), and to write the letter with the desired end for it in mind, that desired end use for it being to get the potential employer to look at one's curriculum vitae or resume favorably, and invite them for an interview.
1. Write a letter they enjoy. Outright humor doesn't work in a cover letter. It generally can't be pulled off. It falls down because someone is always the butt of the joke, and in an interview situation you don't want that person to be either you or the recruiter. Rather than telling jokes, connect to the hiring manager in a light hearted way. Try _ "I was hopping from project to project so often I thought my legs had springs." Then make the connection to the reader. "I'll bet you can relate to that." And finally, segue to the value you can add. "I tried a lot of remedies until we finally developed a scheduling system that actually created more productivity and less useless movement. I'd be happy to tell you how we did it and see if something like that would be valuable for you."