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Your cover letter is what decides if a company looks at your resume, contacts you for an interview, or gets you placed in the rejection pile. Knowing that, it is important to create a well-written, eye-catching letter that sells your achievements and job skills to impress the recruiter. However, many people are unable to effectively translate their thoughts into words when faced with the task. That is where The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters comes in. With this book you will be able to ...
Your cover letter is what decides if a company looks at your resume, contacts you for an interview, or gets you placed in the rejection pile. Knowing that, it is important to create a well-written, eye-catching letter that sells your achievements and job skills to impress the recruiter. However, many people are unable to effectively translate their thoughts into words when faced with the task. That is where The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters comes in. With this book you will be able to craft a letter that will undoubtedly land you the interview.
In this new book, you will learn how to address your letter, how to grab the reader s attention immediately, how to format your letter, how to choose the font, how to be professional but persuasive, how to choose the type of paper, and how to target your letter. You will also learn about writing the different kinds of letters, including those in response to a classified advertisement, those in response to a blind advertisement, those sent to employment agencies, cold letters, and broadcast letters; writing style guidelines; what to include in your letter; writing for an online audience; cover letter styles; and common mistakes recruiters abhor.
Additionally, you will find examples of effective and ineffective letters, proven tips for making your letter stand out, sample phrases to use, and letters for new graduates, for professionals, and for those changing careers. Also included are samples specific to job industries, including administration and clerical; accounting; banking and finance, government; health care and social services; hospitality and food service; human resources; law enforcement and legal; manufacturing; sales, marketing, and customer service; skilled trades; technology; and science and engineering.
The companion CD-ROM is packed with samples and worksheets to help you brainstorm and create a successful cover letter. By following the step-by-step instructions outlined in The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters you will ensure that your letter will impress the recruiter and that you will be contacted for an interview. In the end you will create a tool that will be of enormous importance to you in your job search. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version. It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Part I The Letter 19
Chapter 1 Cover Letter Basics 21
Three Basic Rules for Cover Letters 21
Types of Cover Letters 26
Cover Letter Components 29
Chapter 2 Four Types of Cover Letters 43
The Solicited Response 44
Letters to a Headhunter or Recruiter 52
Cold-Call Letters 56
Online Cover Letters 68
Chapter 3 The Handshake 71
Start with a Unique Sentence 73
Introduce Yourself to the Reader 76
Tell the Reader Why You are Writing the Letter 77
Chapter 4 The Sales Pitch 81
The Value of Honesty 81
Fill Your Cover Letter with STARs 83
Database Creation 88
Add On 91
Chapter 5 The Closing 97
Salary Information 98
Personal Information 101
Be Courteous 102
Call for Action 102
Part II Packaging 105
Chapter 6 Formatting and Design 107
Paragraph Format 109
Making Your Letter Scannable 118
Chapter 7 Phrasing - Good and Bad 119
Writing Guidelines 120
Common Grammatical Mistakes to Avoid 135
Chapter 8 Medium Matters 139
Electronic Cover Letters 140
Faxed Cover Letters 150
Mailed Cover Letters 151
Part III Samples 153
Chapter 9 Sample Cover Letters for Students and Graduates 155
Academic Experience 156
Work Experience 158
Other Questions 159
Cover Letter Samples 159
Applying for Internships 171
Sample Cover Letters for Internships 172
Chapter 10 Samples by Industry 177
Accounting, Banking, and Financial Careers 179
Administrative and Clerical Careers 186
Computer Engineering and IT Careers 197
Editing, Journalism, Public Relations, and Communications Careers 203
Government Careers 214
Healthcare and Social Services Careers224
Hospitality and Food Service Careers 231
Human Resources and Training Careers 237
Law Enforcement and Legal Careers 246
Manufacturing and Operations Careers 254
Photography, Graphic Design, and Artistic Careers 262
Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service Careers 268
Skilled Trades Careers 279
Teaching and Education Careers 283
Technology, Science, and Engineering Careers 291
Chapter 11 Samples by Experience 303
Tell Employers What You Can Do for Them 304
Tell Employers How Quickly You Can Make a Difference 305
Tell Employers Your Expectations 305
Compare and Contrast Experience 311
Chapter 12 Samples for the Challenging Resume 313
Career Change 313
Returning to Work After Illness or Disability 318
Been Laid Off 319
Sample Cover Letters 319
Author Biography 327
Posted October 9, 2009
During this tough job environment, making your resume stand out is of extreme importance. One of the ways to stand out from the pack, is an effective cover letter. If you are currently looking for a job, you want to go through Kimberly Sarmiento's book The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters.
The book has a thorough list of chapters that include what should be in your cover letter and more importantly what should not. It touches on resumes as well as interview questions and answers. It concludes with a chapter that includes sample cover letters for a wide range of industries. I would highly recommend to anyone out of work or looking for a new job.
Posted July 15, 2009
Cover letters are essential to getting a good job, and the better your cover letter is, the better your chances are of getting the position you are applying for. The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters, by Kimberly Sarmiento, is an essential book for anyone looking to get into a competitive position. Anything you might want to know about writing a cover letter is in this book.
The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Cover Letters is packed full of advice on how to write a cover letter that will get you noticed, in a good way. It starts out with explaining why a cover letter is so important, and then discusses the different types of cover letters and how to write them. Some of the best parts of this book are the sections on introducing and then marketing yourself. There are also over 100 pages of industry-specific tips and samples, covering most of the most popular careers.
I work in a profession where knowing how to write a great cover letter is essential to my success. I wish I had read this book when I was first starting out; the information in it is invaluable, and I can't wait to get started putting this information to use. If you are applying for a new position, you need this book.
Posted July 15, 2009
The timing for this book couldn't be better. Unemployment is approaching 10 percent. Even entry level job openings are attracting hundreds of applicants. You might have a terrific resume, but so do most of the other job candidates. So how you do stand out from the crowd? Kimberly Sarmiento has the answers in this thorough, well-organized guide. The author says she discovered through her teaching experience that the art of writing has been neglected in the education of many people. Ms. Sarmiento digs deep here-338 pages-but keeps things moving, if at times slightly repetitive. One of the book's best aspects is the inclusion of sample cover letters by industry, 13 different professions. Several professionals offer tips as well. Indeed, this book contains everything you should know about writing an effective cover letter. It's a guide you'll want to keep in your home office, close by your computer. The only thing better than a great resume and cover letter is having a connection!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 7, 2009
Whether you're writing a cover letter for the first time, or it's been awhile since it was necessary, Sarmiento's Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters will arm you with all the basics to get noticed in today's competitive work force. She offers sound advice accompanied by 'thinking outside the box' suggestions and backs it up with insider tips from a variety of professionals.
Sarmiento leads you through the entire process with writing guidelines, common grammatical mistakes to avoid, as well as what to include and what to omit. To make it even easier she provides dozens of sample cover letters for specific applications and industries. It's a jungle out there and this book can help blaze a trail to grabbing the attention of a future employer.
It's well written, but tends to be slightly repetitive in content, but nonetheless is a good tool to help get your foot in the door and keep your resume out of the recycle bin.