Cover Letter Magic |by Wendy S. Enelow, Louise Kursmark, Wendy Enelow|Ebook|PDF|433 Pages|7 Mb|
# Paperback: 416 pages
# Publisher: Jist Publishing; 2nd edition (January 1, 2004)
# Language: English
# ISBN: 1563709864
This new second edition includes more than 150 winning cover letters for every profession and situation. Readers get great tips from before and after transformations that turn boring letters into knockouts. Plus, there are tips on resumes, e-mail and scannable cover letters, thank-you letters, and dozens of sample opening paragraphs. Also provides proven first paragraphs to start the cover letter with strength.
As an IT professional, I found this book packed with good information. The overall style is updated and compatible with the times, and the many examples are creative and varied. Too many "cover letters" cling to the old school of "Enclosed Please Find" formality of another era. In these times, it's equally important to communicate some idea of your style and personality to give an employer a more complete picture of what they're getting when they think of hiring you - that extra something that makes you pleasantly unique from the 500 other cover letters in the pile.
For my field, I almost never use paper anymore for letters or for resumes, so I found the info on email throughout the book to be very useful. Most books I've seen barely cover it at all or the authors don't quite grasp its limitations.
I also liked the way the book analyzed the cover letter examples of what worked and what didn't, and why. The exercises were a bit vague but you don't really need them to get the most from this book. It's worth every penny.
"For the pleasure not the pressure"