Although the main parts of your grant proposal will take up most of your time and energy, don't shortchange your cover letter. Attention to the subtler points of putting the proposal package together can make or break a funding request. Don't turn off your funder with a sloppy cover letter. Use a cover letter for proposals to corporations and foundations, but not for federal or state grant applications.
Searching for a new job is a time-consuming endeavor. By some estimates, the typical worker takes about six weeks to apply for, interview and finally land a new job offer. And across any industry and level of work, there's one step to the process that's bound to slow down even the most qualified and enthusiastic candidate: the cover letter. But findings from one new report offer some motivation to draft a good elevator pitch, even in a time when cover letters are becoming increasingly optional. That means, out of every 10 resumes where the applicant might not have the right work history, set of skills or management experience, eight job seekers are likely to advance, as long as they can make up for it in their cover letters. A similar share always expect the document, even if they're not required in order to apply.
Smart tips to help you format and write a cover letter
A cover letter is a living document that often accompanies a resume. It gives job seekers the opportunity to elaborate on work experience, explain their goals, and show personality. Most of all, cover letters give you a chance to connect your skills to the company's needs. A little cover letter trivia to blow your mind: cover letters are rarely read before the resume as the term implies.