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Cover Letters

What You Need to Know: 

A variety of books, organized into categories, are available for checkout from the Career Development Resource Room. When you have chosen a book you would like to borrow, just stop by the Career Development Resource Room in 124 Scovell Hall, between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., M-F, to check out any of the following books.

101 Best Cover Letters

by Block, Jay & Betrus, Michael, ©1999, 0-07-134257-5
From Amazon.com
Beat out the competition for the best jobs, create an image of accomplishment, professionalism, and competence that today’s employers are begging for! Job-seekers have paid hundreds of dollars for the expertise in these dynamic guides — and regarded every cent as well spent! With these job-landing tools on your desktop, you’ll have the same savvy working for you, for far, far less — with the same great results. 101 Best Cover Letters shows you how to put together compelling letters to accompany your resume..

15- Minute Cover Letter

by Farr, Michael & Kursamark, Louise, ©2005, 1-59357-175-5
From Amazon.com:
Mike Farr's revolutionary advice in six quick chapters. Includes dozens of professionally written cover letters and writing advice.

Best resumes & Letters for Ex-offenders

by Enelow, Wendy S. & Krannich, Ronald L., ©2006,
1-57023-251-2
From Amazon.com:
Over 700,000 ex-offenders are released from U.S. state and federal prisons each year. Another 10 million are processed through jails and detention centers annually. Unfortunately, nearly 70 percent of ex-offenders return to prisons and other detention facilities within three years. Their number one problem in making a successful transition is finding and keeping a job. Here's the first resume and letter guide designed to assist ex-offenders in finding rewarding employment. Written by two of America's leading career experts, the book addresses special employment issues facing ex-offenders and provides sound advice on how to write, produce, distribute, and follow up resumes and letters. Includes more than 100 examples of outstanding resumes and letters written for ex-offenders. Part of the new Overcoming Barriers to Employment Series.

Cover Letters for Dummies

Kennedy, Joyce Lain 2009 978-0-470-40221-4 Cover Letters
From Amazon.com:
Cover letters are alive and sell! When they’re written right, that is. To stand out in today’s sea of qualified job seekers, learn to craft riveting new breeds of cover letters, create vibrant images online, and discover sensational self-marketing documents you never imagined. This completely revised and updated 3rd Edition of Cover Letters For Dummies brings you all this — plus over 200 great new samples by 62 successful professional cover letter/resume writers. You’ve probably suspected that passive and sleepy cover letters merely hugging resumes won’t get you where you want to go. Especially in a shaky job market. The verdict’s in. Since the last edition of Cover Letters For Dummies, blazing fast change in tools, technology, and how hiring managers come calling and how we invite them to look us over, means big dramatic changes in our job messages. In this exceptional handbook of contemporary job messages, you’ll discover fresh ways of thinking about cover letters that captain an entire team of new-style job messages.

Cover Letter Magic

by Enelow, Wendy & Kursmark, Louise, ©2007, 1-59357-364-2
From Amazon.com:
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 scan able cover letters, thank-you letters, and dozens of sample opening paragraphs. Also provides proven first paragraphs to start the cover letter with strength. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Cover Letters That Knock 'em Dead

by Yate, Martin, ©2006, 1-59337-747-2
From Amazon.com:
A great cover letter can't always get you hired, but it can get your resume read with serious attention. Learn how to stand out from the crowd by packaging your background and work experience into a readable and powerful sales pitch. Cover Letters That Knock 'em Dead arms you with the key words and phrases you need to land that critical first interview and provides you with follow-up letters to help turn those meetings into job offers. Cover Letters That Knock 'em Dead will show you how to customize your bio and work history to keep employers begging for more. Cover Letters That Knock 'em Dead is packed with proven techniques for getting the right message across in seconds.

Knock em' Dead Cover Letters 8th Edition

Yate, Martin, ©2008, 978-1-59869-673-4
From Amazon.com:
This book has been a top seller in its category for more than ten years! Now, in an all-new updated edition, Martin Yate shows readers the words and phrases to use that get them that critical first interview. This edition includes new material: an update of the text; a step-by-step procedure for turning weak cover letters into strong ones; the latest strategies for online cover letters and job searching; and a new section, Before and After, reveals how to transform sloppy cover letters into powerful tools. Millions of job searchers are entering the market. This book is an essential tool to help them get hired.

Power Letter Express

by Jackson, Tom & Buckingham, Bill, ©1994, 0-8129-2131-3
From Amazon.com:
Career guru and bestselling author Tom Jackson provides shortcuts to success with his third low-priced, high-quality job hunting guide.