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15-Minute Cover Letter , 2nd Edition

Book Description

This popular guide demystifies the process of crafting cover letters by providing revolutionary advice in six brief chapters.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. About This Book
  5. Contents
  6. A Brief Introduction to Using This Book
  7. Chapter 1: Quick Tips for Writing a Cover Letter in 15 Minutes
    1. Cover Letters: Why You Need Them and How to Use Them
    2. Only Two Groups of People Will Receive Your Cover Letters
    3. Seven Quick Tips for Writing a Superior Cover Letter
      1. 1. Write to Someone in Particular
      2. 2. Make Absolutely No Errors
      3. 3. Personalize Your Content
      4. 4. Present a Good Appearance
      5. 5. Begin with a Friendly Opening
      6. 6. Target Your Skills and Experiences
      7. 7. Close with an Action Statement
    4. Writing Cover Letters to People You Know
      1. The Four Types of Cover Letters to People You Know
      2. Sample Cover Letters to People You Know
    5. Writing Cover Letters to People You Don’t Know
    6. Key Points: Chapter 1
  8. Chapter 2: Write Your Own 15-Minute Cover Letter
    1. Step 1: Create Your Format
    2. Step 2: Add the Basics
    3. Step 3: State Why You’re Writing and Get the Reader’s Attention
    4. Step 4: Share Information Relevant to the Reader’s Needs
      1. Sample Job Postings and Corresponding Cover Letter Sections
      2. Show Results and Be Specific
      3. Create a Library of Success Stories and Experience Statements
    5. Step 5: Close with an Action Statement
      1. Assertive Versus Aggressive
        1. Assertive:
        2. Aggressive:
        3. Assertive:
        4. Aggressive:
      2. When Follow-up Isn’t Possible
        1. Reason for Making a Change
        2. Relevant Personal Information
        3. Intention to Relocate
      3. Disclosing Salary Information
      4. The Signature Line
      5. The Value of a P.S.
    6. Step 6: Proofread and Polish
    7. Step 7: Choose the Transmission Method (Mail or E-mail)
      1. Printed Letters
      2. E-mailed Letters
    8. Step 8: Send and Follow Up
    9. Key Points: Chapter 2
  9. Chapter 3: A Stupendous Collection of Professionally Written and Designed Cover Letters
  10. Chapter 4: Additional Job Search Correspondence: Thank-You Letters, Quick Notes, JIST Cards, Job Proposals, and More
    1. Thank-You Notes
      1. Three Times When You Should Definitely Send Thank-You Notes—and Why
        1. 1. Before an Interview
        2. 2. After an Interview
        3. 3. Whenever Anyone Helps You in Your Job Search
      2. Nine Quick Tips for Writing Thank-You Notes
        1. 1. Decide Whether E-mail or Snail Mail Makes More Sense
        2. 2. Use High-Quality Paper and Envelopes
        3. 3. Handwritten or Typed Is Acceptable
        4. 4. Use a Formal Salutation
        5. 5. Keep the Note Informal and Friendly
        6. 6. Tell How You Will Follow Up
        7. 7. Sign It
        8. 8. Send It Right Away
        9. 9. Enclose a JIST Card
      3. More Sample Thank-You Notes
    2. Quick Notes Versus Formal Cover Letters
    3. JIST Cards—A Mini-Resume and a Powerful Job Search Tool
      1. JIST Cards Get Results
      2. How You Can Use Them
      3. Writing Your JIST Card
      4. JIST Card Paper and Format Tips
      5. Sample JIST Cards
    4. Other Job Search Correspondence
      1. Follow-Up Letters After an Interview
      2. Job Proposals
      3. Enclosures
      4. Self-Sticking Notes
      5. List of References
      6. Letters of Reference
      7. Unsolicited Letters Requesting an Interview or Other Assistance
    5. Key Points: Chapter 4
  11. Chapter 5: Improve Your Resume in 15 Minutes
    1. Sources of Additional Information
      1. Resume Books
      2. Professional Resume Writers and Career Counselors
    2. Three Ways to Improve Your Resume
      1. Be Sure Your Objective Is Clear
        1. A Before-and-After Example
        2. Consider an Alternative to an Objective Statement
      2. Highlight Your Achievements
        1. Achievement Statement Examples
        2. Questions to Ask Yourself
        3. Quick Tips for Writing Achievement Statements
      3. Format for Readability, Impact, and Clarity
      4. Adapt Your Resume for Electronic Transmission
        1. Microsoft Word
        2. PDF
        3. Text-Only (ASCII)
    3. Sample Resumes
    4. Key Points: Chapter 5
  12. Chapter 6: Find a Job Fast
    1. Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
      1. Networking
      2. Internet Job Boards and Resume-Posting Sites
      3. Newspaper Ads
      4. Recruiters
      5. Direct Application
      6. Diversify Your Activities
    2. Ace the Interview
      1. Prepare for the Expected
      2. Prepare for the Unexpected
      3. Tips for Preparing Your Success Stories
    3. Organize and Manage Your Search
    4. Plan for the Future
    5. Key Points: Chapter 6
  13. Index
  14. Notes