Why do I need to send a cover letter as well as a CV?

A cover letter is a document you send with your CV. A well-written cover letter provides an overview of your skills and experience and it should be specifically written in line with the job you’re applying for. The cover letter gives you the opportunity to show why you stand out among hundreds of other candidates for a particular job role. It shows you have something to say, that you know about the job and are interested in working for the company. CVs tend to be quite general and only relate to a certain industry rather than a job.