Objectively speaking, in that arrangement, the letters used to serve as a 'cover' _ that is, or the front page, to the whole job_hunting document, which apart from incorporating the curriculum vitae or resume, typically also tended to enclose certified copies of ones academic and professional credentials. The days when the letter used to literally cover the job_hunting documents might be long gone (as we mostly send applications, Curriculum vita or resumes and copies of certificates online as email attachments), but the cover letter has still not outlived its usefulness. The letter is the document that nowadays provides introduction to the whole job application attachment, 'and where it is all coming from. 'There are a number of formats that can be employed in drafting a cover letter whenever job hunting, depending on factors like the job that is being sought and the jobseeker's preferences.
2. Don't be reluctant to add a headline to your cover letter format. It will put you in a class by yourself. And because it's unusual, a headline can improve the attention your cover letter gets. Your headline should speak to the recruiter's needs, not yours. After all, it's a headline for a cover letter, not a resume objective. So, try "Experienced in Restructuring Loan Portfolios for Rapid Rebounds in Slow Economies" instead of "Talented Go_getter Seeking Work". Only mention yourself if you have some remarkable capability or accomplishment that clearly translates to the new company. So, for instance, "Everyone Said They Were Trouble Makers, But I Turned Them Around" is also relevant when you follow it with a short story that illustrates benefits you can add for the hiring company.