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No
No

Nonsense

COVER

LETTERS

The Essential Guide to Creating Attention-Grabbing Cover Letters That Get Interviews & Job Offers

Wendy S. Enelow Arnold G. Boldt

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No Nonsense COVER LETTERS The Essential Guide to Creating Attention-Grabbing Cover Letters That Get Interviews &

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Enelow, Wendy S. No-nonsense cover letters : the essential guide to creating attention-grabbing cover letters that get interviews and job offers / by Wendy S. Enelow and Arnold G. Boldt. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-1-56414-906-0 ISBN-10: 1-56414-906-4 1. Cover letters—Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. Applications for positions— Handbooks, manuals, etc. I. Boldt, Arnold G. II. Title.

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Contents

Introduction

 

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Chapter 1: Simple Truths About Cover Letters

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The 6 Simple Truths About Cover Letter Writing

. Truth #1: Effective Cover Letters Contain 10 Key Components

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Truth #2: Cover Letter Writing Is Sales

 

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Truth #3: Cover Letter Writing Is All About Strategy

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Truth #4: Targeted Letters Work Best

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Truth #5: The Cover Letter Must Match the Resume

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Truth #6: Eac h Circumstance Presents Its Own Challenges

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Chapter 2: Simple Truths About Cover Letter Formatting and Design

 

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The 4 Simple Truths About Cover Letter Formatting and Design Truth #1: Effective Cover Letters Contain 10 Key Components

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Truth #2: Simple Designs Work Best

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Truth #3: Bullet-Format Letters Highlight Your Skills and Achievements

 

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Truth #4: Paragraph-Format Letters Tell Your Career Stories

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10 Critical Mistakes to Avoid

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Chapter 3: Simple Truths About Writing Your Co ver Letter s

 

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The 5 Simple Truths About Cover Letter Writing

. Truth #1: 4 Key Components Are Essential for Success

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Truth #2: It’s All About Positioning

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Truth #3: There Are 5 Basic Types of Cover Letters

 

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Truth #4: You Don’t Have to Write in Order

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Truth #5: The Language Should Be Dif ferent Than in Your Resume

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Streamlining Your Writing Pr ocess

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Chapter 4: Simple Truths About Electronic Cover Letters

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E-letters Work in Today’s E-search Environment

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Capture Your Reader With the Subject Line

E-mail Letters Are Different Than Traditional Cover Letters

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Preparing Your Files for Transmission

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Scannable Cover Letters

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Chapter 5: Cover Letters for Accounting, Banking, and Finance Careers

Success Factors #1–4

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Sample Cover Letters

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Chapter 6: Cover Letters for Administrative and Clerical Careers

Success Factors #1–4

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Sample Cover Letters

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Chapter 7: Cover Letters for Government Careers

Success Factors #1–4

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Sample Cover Letters

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Chapter 8: Cover Letters for Healthcare and Social Service Careers

 

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Sample Cover Letters

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Chapter 9: Cover Letters for Hospitality and Food Service Careers

Success Factors #1–4

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Chapter 10: Cover Letters for Human Resources and Training Careers

Success Factors #1–4

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Chapter 11: Cover Letters for Law Enforcement and Legal Careers

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Chapter 12: Cover Letters for Manufacturing and Operations Careers

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Chapter 13: Cover Letters for Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service Careers

Success Factors #1–4

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Chapter 14: Cover Letters for Skilled Tr ades Careers

Success Factors #1–4

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Chapter 15: Cover Letters for Teaching and Education Careers

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Chapter 16: Cover Letters for Technology, Science, and Engineering Careers

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