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Differences between a cover letter and an application letter

  1. An application letter is often intended to stand on its own and basically contains your qualifications and describes a bit of who you are and what you have done, as well as, your objectives and why you want to apply for a job. Whereas, a cover letter generally can’t be the applicant’s only document submitted to express interest in a job opening. A cover letter typically accompanies each resume you send out.
  1. A cover letter is a teaser. Its intent is to capture the reader’s attention enough to make the recruiter or hiring manager want to review the resume. The cover letter should contain just enough information that it doesn’t give away everything about the applicant. An application letter, on the other hand, is a more complete document. It describes the applicant’s educational background, certifications and licenses, and in some cases, salary history for job postings that require it.
  2. The writer’s and recipient’s addresses are not included in a cover letter while they are included in an application letter.
  3. In a cover letter there’s no need for heading (i.e. Application For The Post Of….) while it’s compulsory in application letter.
  4. A cover letter must always end with “Yours faithfully” while in the case of an application letter, if the name of the addressee is addressed as Dear Mr John/Mrs Olaore, it must end with “Yours sincerely”, while it must end with “Yours faithfully” if addressed as Dear Sir/Madam.


  1. They both indicate one’s interest in a job
  2. They must both include Dear Sir/Madam.

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