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A great cover letter is
Written to a target job
So intriguing that a reader makes room in a busy schedule to meet you
An electrifying personal advertising tool that short-circuits the competition
A great cover letter is not
Bland and indifferent
Littered with dry facts
What the hiring manager's kid uses as scratch paper
Your cover letter should spark the reader's interest as a dynamic introduction to your resume. This is your chance to personalize your resume. Here's where you make yourself into a living, breathing human being and set your accomplishments aglow. How do you achieve this? Let the second edition of Cover Letters For Dummies be your guide.
In this book, you'll gain understanding of why you need a cover letter, what the different types of cover letters are, what myths surround them, and how to break out of writer's block. You'll figure out how your letter should look and sound, with tips on language, content, and image. You'll get ideas for writing a dazzling opening line. And you'll work through a checklist to make sure that the best of you lives in your cover letter. What's more, you'll
Explore the changing rules in the workplace and how they impact the way you find work
Identify where your skills fit in today's workplace through a number of self-assessment worksheets
Sum up surefire tips for working with recruiters, answering job ads, avoiding the salary question, handling negative references, and creating letters that even a computer can love
See examples of successful cover letters, from which you can model your own. Each is a candidate for reformulation as an e-mail cover letter.
A well-written cover letter can make your ideal job a reality. So get this book and start writing.