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The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters: Step-by-Step Instructions

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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 ...

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Overview

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 sales@atlantic-pub.com

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601382382
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 13

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

Rephrase 89

Personalize 90

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

Font 108

Paragraph Format 109

Bullets 113

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

"On-Ramping" 315

Returning to Work After Illness or Disability 318

Been Laid Off 319

Sample Cover Letters 319

Conclusion 325

Author Biography 327

Contributors 328

Index 329

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

    Samples cover letters included where a BIG help!

    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.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    A Must-read Book

    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.

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

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    How to Stand Out From the Crowd

    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!

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

    The Complete Guide to Writing Effective Resume Cover Letters

    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.

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