In a competitive job market, first impressions are vital. To get an interview you're going to have to stand out and a well-executed cover letter is vital to ensure that you do not fall at the first hurdle.
This book takes you through all the essential rules and high impact strategies to ensure your cover letter makes you stand out from the crowd. It takes a detailed look at the fifteen most common cover letter mistakes to ensure you do not make the errors that the competition will be, and covers everysituation from email and fax to speculative letters, career-development letters and advert-response letters.
James Innes is the Managing Director of The CV Centre, the UK's leading CV consultancy. James founded The CV Centre in 1998 and has built the company to its current position as UK market leaders in the field of CV consultancy. James regularly delivers presentations to recent graduates and also contributes widely to newspapers and magazines in both the UK and France and is the author of The Interview Book, The CV Book, The Cover Letters Book and The Interview Question and Answer Book
About the author Acknowledgements How to use this book Part 1 Laying the foundations 1. Why are cover letters so important? 2. Getting the basics right Part 2 Job-hunting letters 3. Speculative letters: your foot in the door 4. Advert-response letters: a winning strategy Part 3 Specialist cover letters 5. Letters of application for specialist sectors Part 4 The 15 most common cover letter mistakes 6. How to avoid them! Part 5 Other job search letters 7. Application follow-up letters 8. Interview thank-you letters 9. Negotiating an offer 10. Requesting a reference 11. Resignation letters 12. Offer acceptance letters 13. Rejecting an offer 14. Accepting rejection Part 6 Pay rise request letters 15. Requesting a pay rise Part 7 Promotion request letters 16. Requesting a promotion Part 8 CVs and interviews 17. CVs 18. Interviews Part 9 My five top tips to make your cover letter stand out 19. How to make your cover letter stand out! 20. Checklist Further reading and resources Appendix A: 250 action verbs Appendix B: 50 positive adjectives Appendix C: 222 commonly misspelled words Index