A resume should never be sent without a cover letter. It is your opportunity to introduce yourself, show an interest in the company or position you are seeking, draw attention to your resume and motivate the reader to interview you.
Usually your cover letter is the first contact you have with a potential employer so be sure it is well written and reflects your knowledge of the employer’s needs.
There are three parts to a cover letter, the introduction, the body and the closing. The introduction should identify the position you are applying for, your source of information and describe your interest in the position and the organization.
The body of your cover letter should relay your understanding of the position and how your qualifications make you an ideal candidate. Include examples of skills, qualities and experience that will contribute to the organization. Do not simply repeat what is in your resume.
In closing, your objective is to secure an interview so clearly state how this will happen. You can request an interview or include a statement of your intent to follow up with a phone call.
P.S. Don’t forget to sign it!