Cover Letters For Dummies

Cover Letters For Dummies

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A great cover letter is * Written to a target job * So intriguing that a reader makes room in a busy schedule to meet you * An electrifying personal advertising tool that short-circuits the competition A great cover letter is not * Bland and indifferent * Littered with dry facts * What the hiring manager's kid uses as scratch paper Your cover letter should spark the reader's interest as a dynamic introduction to your resume. This is your chance to personalize your resume. Here's where you make yourself into a living, breathing human being and set your accomplishments aglow. How do you achieve this? Let the second edition of Cover Letters For Dummies be your guide. In this book, you'll gain understanding of why you need a cover letter, what the different types of cover letters are, what myths surround them, and how to break out of writer's block. You'll figure out how your letter should look and sound, with tips on language, content, and image. You'll get ideas for writing a dazzling opening line. And you'll work through a checklist to make sure that the best of you lives in your cover letter.
What's more, you'll * Explore the changing rules in the workplace and how they impact the way you find work * Identify where your skills fit in today's workplace through a number of self-assessment worksheets * Sum up surefire tips for working with recruiters, answering job ads, avoiding the salary question, handling negative references, and creating letters that even a computer can love * See examples of successful cover letters, from which you can model your own. Each is a candidate for reformulation as an e-mail cover letter. A well-written cover letter can make your ideal job a reality. So get this book and start writing.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 187.96 x 228.6 x 20.32mm | 589.67g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0764552244
  • 9780764552243

About Joyce Lain Kennedy

Joyce Lain Kennedy's twice-weekly "Careers" column appears in more than 100 newspapers nationwide. Her other books include For Dummies guides to resumes and job interviews.
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Table of contents

Introduction. PART I: Cover Letters in the New Economy. Chapter l: What Employers Are Telling Us. Chapter 2: Your DotCom Cover Note. Chapter 3: Helping Your Cover Letters Find Work. PART II: RedHot Cover Letters That Say you're Hot. Chapter 4: The RedHot Cover Letter Kick-Off. Chapter 5: Cover Letter Myths That Chill Hiring. Chapter 6: Action Letters That Respond to Needs. Chapter 7: Action Letters That Initiate Leads. PART III: Working Out What Sizzles. Chapter 8: JobSeeker's Skills Finder. Chapter 9: Worksheets: Sorting Out Your Qualifications. PART IV: Writing RedHot Cover Letters. Chapter 10: Language That Snap-Crackle-Pops. Chapter 11: Zooming in on Cover Letter Anatomy. Chapter 12: Grabbing Attention with Your Opening Line. Chapter 13: A No-Fail Checklist for Top Results. PART V: RedHot Cover Letters: What They Look Like. Chapter 14: RedHot Responding Letters. Chapter 15: RedHot Initiating Letters. PART VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 16: Ten Tips for Working with Recruiters. Chapter 17: Ten Hints for Answering Job Ads. Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Handling the Salary Issue. Chapter 19: Ten Burned-Out Words and Phrases. Chapter 20: Ten Hot Tips from Hiring Pros. Appendix: Problem Words. Index. Book Registration Information.
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