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  • Series: Cover Letter Magic
  • Paperback: 414 pages
  • Publisher: Jist Works; 3 edition (December 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593573642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593573645
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,608,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this any entry level job seeker.
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Although I found slightly below "resume magic" it still an excellent reference to write cover letters.
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As an IT professional, I found this book packed with good information.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the best book on the market for writing cover letters. In addition to giving many articulate cover letters to peruse, the book has sections with examples of introductory paragraphs, middle sections, and closing paragraphs. For each of these examples (I think there were more than 40 for the intro), there is a pro and con given, which are really helpful. Also, the book goes over the many different kinds of cover letters that exist, and explains which type is best for each job situation.
Oh, and for those people who are recent graduates or don't have that much experience- there is a whole chapter for you with examples of very strong, well written letters. This is particularly nice because most cover letter examples in other books are strong letters because of the strong candidate- not because the letter is extremely well written. There is also a chapter for the professional with years of experience.
This is the only book you need for writing cover letters! Do not waste your money on other guides that are not as complete.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Cunningham on June 18, 2001
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This is an excellent book. Lots of examples, lots of 'why' and 'how to' sections. It's laid out in a useful way making the book an ongoing reference. There's a great section on resumes as well. The out placement company prepared a resume for me that was more a five page tome. I used the resume chapter in this book and quicly kicked my search into high gear. I only wish I had bought this book sooner.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 8, 2005
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As an IT professional, I found this book packed with good information. The overall style is updated and compatible with the times, and the many examples are creative and varied. Too many "cover letters" cling to the old school of "Enclosed Please Find" formality of another era. In these times, it's equally important to communicate some idea of your style and personality to give an employer a more complete picture of what they're getting when they think of hiring you - that extra something that makes you pleasantly unique from the 500 other cover letters in the pile.

For my field, I almost never use paper anymore for letters or for resumes, so I found the info on email throughout the book to be very useful. Most books I've seen barely cover it at all or the authors don't quite grasp its limitations.

I also liked the way the book analyzed the cover letter examples of what worked and what didn't, and why. The exercises were a bit vague but you don't really need them to get the most from this book. It's worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FX on December 8, 2006
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This book follows the path the "resume magic" made. Although I found slightly below "resume magic" it still an excellent reference to write cover letters.

All aspects of building a cover letter are covered in a progressive manner. The task of writing is therefore a lot easier. Examples are very good, and the author did a very good job leading the reader through the task of writing a cover letter.

In the end this book will definitely help you come up with strong, well structured and well written cover letters.

A must have for every job-seekers or just any professional.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thom Mitchell VINE VOICE on March 21, 2009
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Some people find writing cover letters difficult, especially if they haven't needed to look for work in a while. This book is a great refresher providing solid, grounded examples with good descriptions of do's and don't's.

For people who are visual learners there are plenty of examples so the patterns of good letters begin to emerge from the specific examples allowing the reader to internalize the lessons.

Given how little formal business correspondence is emphasized today this book will help the reader stand out from other job seekers and professionals. Well worth your time and money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rita R. on May 24, 2009
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This is the Bible of cover letter books! Look no further! From the first page to the last, you will find logical, clever and reasonable advice. It's the perfect answer when you're staring at a blank page, wondering how to find the language to create a meaningful letter to include with your resume. The book combines a wealth of ideas, samples and strategies that give readers actionable ideas to get started and work through to the finished product. It's a great confidence booster filled with practical information! Get ready to flush away your fears!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Now in an updated third edition, Cover Letter Magic: Trade Secrets of Professional Resume Writers is a step-by-step guide to writing cover letters with flair and panache. Wendy S. Enelow, creator of a successful resume-writing firm, and certified professional resume writer Louise M. Kursmark combine their professional skills to offer a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques for effectively selling oneself in a concise, engaging, and effective cover letter. Chapters discuss the ten basic types of cover letters, how-to instructions for writing each part of the cover letter, notes for writing electronic cover letters, numerous sample cover letters, tips on thank-you letters and job-search letters, and much more. An utterly invaluable reference for anyone searching for a job or planning their career.
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