A cover letter is a document sent with your resume and other job application materials. It explains why you are qualified for the specific job for which you are applying. A referral letter is a letter you write to someone after you have been put in contact with him or her (often through a letter of introduction).
In this way, is there a difference between an application letter and a motivation letter?
An application letter is often intended to stand on its own, whereas a cover letter generally can't be the applicant's only document submitted to express interest in a job opening. A cover letter as the name suggests is just a cover. It introduces you and that is all. It needs to be accompanied by a resume or a CV.
What should be in a cover letter for a resume?
A cover letter needs to:
- introduce you.
- mention the job (or kind of job) you're applying for (or looking for)
- match your skills and experiences with the skills and experiences required by the job.
- encourage the reader to read your resume.
Is it a covering letter or a cover letter?
A cover letter should make it clear which job the CV is for and include the job title and any reference that has been given for it. Basically, a cover letter should help your potential employer to direct your application appropriately.