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This Element is an excerpt from The Truth About the New Rules of Business Writing (ISBN: 9780137153152) by Natalie Canavor and Claire Meirowitz. Available in print and digital formats.
How to write cover letters that raise you above your competitors--way above them!
When employers ask for cover letters (even with online applications) along with your credentials, they mean it--they want a letter, not a spontaneous-looking e-mail or text message. They will most definitely judge you on it. This is perfectly fair. Employers want to see how you handle yourself in writing: the better you can, the more of an asset you’ll be.
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About the Author
Natalie Canavor’s publications, articles, Web sites, and scripts have won international recognition. She successfully launched four monthly national magazines for business and professional audiences and directed all communications for New York State’s largest educational agency, where she supervised hundreds of publications and advised leaders on PR strategy. Her journalism credits include numerous features for The New York Times and Newsday. Canavor serves with the Consulting Group of Adelphi University’s Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Claire Meirowitz, an award-winning author, has served as project manager and copy editor for leading business, technology, and educational publications ranging from InformationWeek and InternetWeek to Office World News and EdTech for Higher Education; and for publishers including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CMP Media LLC, Ziff-Davis Media, Interex, and United Technical Publications. She has managed projects and edited materials for IBM, Microsoft, HP, Intel, Cisco Systems, Computer Associates, Kodak, Merant, MOCA, and Qwest Communications.