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The Cover Letter Book: Your Definitive Guide to Writing the Perfect Cover Letter Paperback – 23 Aug 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (23 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273776665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273776666
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Your cover letter is the first thing employers will see - make yours stand out.

 

The competition is tougher than ever. With so many qualified and experienced candidates out there, how do you make sure your cover letter makes an outstanding impression?

 

Based on years of experience writing and reviewing successful cover letters, recruitment expert James Innes guides you through the secrets of  writing outstanding cover letters.   You’ll find out all the insider tips and winning methods to make sure your cover letter never fails to impress. 

 

You’ll discover: 

*  what employers really want to read

* what makes a brilliant cover letter stand out

* the 15 most common cover letter mistakes – and how to avoid them

* how to secure a job interview from your cover letter alone

 

The Cover Letter Book has full, free online support – cover letter templates, tools and reader offers – all available through The CV Centre online at www.ineedacv.co.uk/readertools.

 

No matter what your age, background, job or level of experience, The Cover Letter Book will help you create an outstanding cover letter. 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

James Innes is the Founder and Chief Executive of The CV Centre–the UK’s leading CV consultancy and is now widely considered to be one of the UK’s leading careers experts. He regularly participates at recruitment fairs and conferences as a sought-after guest speaker, as well as being interviewed on TV and radio. The Cover Letter Book sits alongside James’s other careers publishing which include the bestselling The Interview Book, The CV Book and The Interview Question and Answer Book – all  published by Pearson.


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I bought James Innes' other title, 'The CV Book' a while back and have recently reviewed that. Right now I'm taking the time to write reviews for all of his books that I have bought and read because (as you can see) I'm a fan.

As I said in my last review, I have a strong work history but had zero knowledge of what employers wanted to see when I wrote to them. I used to have a two-page cover letter with all sorts of information that I now realise should have been on my CV. Reading this book was an eye-opener and, coupled with my new CV that I wrote while reading The CV Book, I have, what I feel is, a strong, concise marketing tool to promote myself to employers.

If you want to be taken seriously in the workplace, you have to give your job applications your best shot. This book, along with the other ones I bought by James Innes, has given me the confidence to go for the jobs I really want.

Good advice is priceless.
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Not had chance to read all of this book as I needed some quick tips to get a covering letter dafted and sent off the same day. I skipped through pages and found useful suggestions that were a lot better than what I had been writing. So with my letter completed I emailed it off together with my cv and the same day I got a phone call asking me to go in for an interview. I thought I knew how to write a covering letter but there's always room for improvement, so this book is worth spending on.
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I bought James Innes' book: Guide to writing the perfect cover letter (Paperback) I've found it a great help.....Already got an interview with it. Highly recommended to all job-hunters....
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Writing a covering letter to go with your CV is sometimes harder than writing the CV itself, the tips in this book really inspired me. Although you obviously cannot copy them word for word they make you think about your own position and how to market yourself. thanks!
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The book has about 30 examples of Cover Letters. 'Fair enough' you might think. But nope, they are too similar and it does not include other formats such as the Two Column cover letter. The author also keep stressing the important of making an impact through the opening paragraph. However, the -dull- opening paragraph is almost always the same across the provided examples.
In a nutshell, 220 pages of repetitive tips but little substance and examples.
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I bought this book along with the CV writing book as I have never even attempted to write a cover letter along with my CV - its always been a two line email or the bulk standard 'please find application for advertised position' letter.

This book had some great examples on how you can add value to your application by creating a great cover letter. Almost enticing the recruiter to read your CV in the first place if you like. I understand that there are sooooo many applicants for each job vacancy nowadays that I decided I needed all the help I could get. It really fits the bill thank you five stars from me!
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Having now read all of James Innes career guide books, I am seriously impressed by just how relevant and up-to-date they are. I wasn't expecting Innes to still be interested in the written letters and communication of the job application plan in this day and age where everything seems to be done on-line or on a text. I am however, completely convinced by the need for really well-written letters to set us up before the interview and how they enhance the qualities we so much want the organisations we apply to to appreciate. Of course, Innes also deals with online applications and social media, but emphasises that whatever we wrote we must write it well. Very insightful and impeccably laid out as expected with a 100% practical approach providing loads of examples and cases studies. Great.
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So you've read The CV Book (by the same author) and you've put together a fantastic CV - now you just need to get your CV into the right hands and concisely and effectively prove your worth and get bag yourself an interview? This book will help you! James gives clear and helpful advice on how to write your cover letter, support your CV and sell your skills and experience. This book is invaluable when writing various types of letter and is well worth reading alongside the other excellent books in this series.
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