Cover letters are alive and sell! When they’re written right, that is. To stand out in today’s sea of qualified job seekers, learn to craft riveting new breeds of cover letters, create vibrant images online, and discover sensational self-marketing documents you never imagined. This completely revised and updated 3rd Edition of Cover Letters For Dummies brings you all this — plus over 200 great new samples by 62 successful professional cover letter/resume writers.
You’ve probably suspected that passive and sleepy cover letters merely hugging resumes won’t get you where you want to go. Especially in a shaky job market. The verdict’s in. Since the last edition of Cover Letters For Dummies, blazing fast change in tools, technology, and how hiring managers come calling and how we invite them to look us over, means big dramatic changes in our job messages.
In this exceptional handbook of contemporary job messages, you’ll discover fresh ways of thinking about cover letters that captain an entire team of new-style job messages.
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Now completely updated for online and on-paper job search — the only guide to new-style letters that get you in the door
Go beyond the classic cover letter! Whether you're a new or experienced job hunter, this guide offers you fresh ideas for crafting a wide variety of engaging cover letters and innovative career marketing documents. You'll see how to stand out in today's fierce job market with savvier, higher-impact messages that cut through the competition.
Realize the clout of your cover letter — discover the surprising role your document plays in a successful job search
Build your marketing arsenal — from e-mail cover notes and resume combo letters, to online profiles and professional branding statements
Write your way to a job with great success lines — see how your letter should look and read, include the right targeted content, grab the reader's attention (and hold it), and keep the door open with a take-charge close
Apply the latest letter tactics — get strategies for replying to ads, prospecting, networking for job leads, and writing thank-you letters that clinch the job
Choose from more than 125 outstanding samples from top career professionals — including a mix of new-style, traditional, creative, friendly, hard-hitting, and clever letters
Joyce Lain Kennedy is a nationally syndicated careers columnist appearing in newspapers and on Web sites across the country. The author of seven career management books, she has more than 30 years of experience in the career field.
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