The Cover Letter Book: Your definitive guide to writing the perfect cover letter

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Your cover letter is the first thing employers will see - make yours stand out.

The competition is tougher than ever. With so many qualified and experienced candidates out there, how do you make sure your cover letter makes an outstanding impression?

Based on years of experience writing and reviewing successful cover letters, recruitment expert James Innes guides you through the secrets of writing outstanding ...

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Overview

Your cover letter is the first thing employers will see - make yours stand out.

The competition is tougher than ever. With so many qualified and experienced candidates out there, how do you make sure your cover letter makes an outstanding impression?

Based on years of experience writing and reviewing successful cover letters, recruitment expert James Innes guides you through the secrets of writing outstanding cover letters. You’ll find out all the insider tips and winning methods to make sure your cover letter never fails to impress.

You’ll discover:

* what employers really want to read

* what makes a brilliant cover letter stand out

* the 15 most common cover letter mistakes – and how to avoid them

* how to secure a job interview from your cover letter alone

The Cover Letter Book has full, free online support – cover letter templates, tools and reader offers – all available through The CV Centre online at www.ineedacv.co.uk/readertools.

No matter what your age, background, job or level of experience, The Cover Letter Book will help you create an outstanding cover letter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780273776666
  • Publisher: FT Press
  • Publication date: 10/11/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James Innes is the Founder and Chief Executive of The CV Centre–the UK’s leading CV consultancy and is now widely considered to be one of the UK’s leading careers experts. He regularly participates at recruitment fairs and conferences as a sought-after guest speaker, as well as being interviewed on TV and radio. The Cover Letter Book sits alongside James’s other careers publishing which include the bestselling The Interview Book, The CV Book and The Interview Question and Answer Book – all published by Pearson.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Laying the foundations

1 Why are cover letters so important?

2 Getting the basics right

Part 2: Job-hunting letters

3 Speculative letters: your foot in the door

4 Advert-response letters: a winning strategy

Part 3: Specialist cover letters

5 Letters of application for specialist sectors

Part 4: Digital considerations

6 Applying for jobs online

Part 5: The 15 most common cover letter mistakes

7 How to avoid them!

Part 6: Other job search letters

8 Application follow-up letters

9 Interview thank-you letters

10 Negotiating an offer

11 Requesting a reference

12 Resignation letters

13 Offer acceptance letters

14 Rejecting an offer

15 Accepting rejection

Part 7: Career development letters

16 Pay rise request letters

17 Promotion request letters

Part 8: Looking at the whole picture

18 Job hunting

19 CVs

20 LinkedIn

21 Interviews

Part 9: My five top tips to make your cover letter stand out

22 How to make your cover letter stand out!

Further reading and resources

Appendix A: 250 action verbs

Appendix B: 50 positive adjectives

Appendix C: 222 commonly misspelled words

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