Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Gallery of Best Cover Letters: A Collection of Quality Cover Letters by Professional Resume Writers

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Gallery of Best Cover Letters: A Collection of Quality Cover Letters by Professional Resume Writers

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Gallery of Best Cover Letters: A Collection of Quality Cover Letters by Professional Resume Writers, by David. F. Noble. 2012. St. Paul MN: JIST Works. 396 pages. Paper. $18.95

As job searching now requires professional polish as well as job qualifications, this book offers a smörgåsbord of sample cover letters, thank you letters, and resume styles to assist job seekers in refining their message and getting desired results.

Gallery of Best Cover Letters differentiates itself from other do-it- yourself cover letter books by utilizing professional resume writers and real world letters developed from real client situations. This book begins by answering the questions "who is this book for, why use it, how it is organized and what can the book do for you." Anyone looking to improve their job searching or letter writing will appreciate this book.

The information provided gives all the tools necessary to write an outstanding, error-free cover letter that leads to interviews. The variety of letter styles and occupations, formatting and phrasing can spark creativity and help readers find the style that works best for a particular situation. Breezing through through the sample letters it is important to ask, "If I were an employer would I bring in this person for an interview?"

10 Cover Letter Myths is an informative section that details common misconceptions about what a cover letter is and what it can do. One misconception is that a cover letter is fluff and unnecessary because it repeats much of the resume. Another myth is that a resume is more important than a cover letter, but this myth is debunked when employers read the cover letter first, and then, if interested, read the resume.

The next section covers the basics of writing a cover letter and strategies to consider. Understanding and building a cover letter from the ground up makes it easier to write, and it will produce a better document that reflects individual skills and abilities. There is information on the purpose of the letter, the reader of the letter, content and follow up, style and formatting strategies. Sample situations illustrate different options in specific situations.

A valuable part covers the importance of taking the time to go through proper grammar, punctuation and formatting as omitting common mistakes will add credibility and help letters stand above the competition. …

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