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Product Details

  • Series: For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (April 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552243
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,415,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glittering advice plus great classic and cyberspace cover letters-the best of the cover letter books. -- Rick Miller, CEO, CareerCast, Inc.

Her distinguished career...has placed her leaps and bounds ahead of the rest. -- Bob Calvert, Jr., Career Opportunities News

If all new college graduates had a Joyce Lain Kennedy to guide them...there would...be fewer unfocused, frazzled, jobless people. -- Dr. Drema K. Howard, Director, Career Resource Center, University of Southern Florida

If all new college graduates had a Joyce Lain Kennedy to guide them...there would certainly be fewer unfocused, frazzled, jobless people. -- Dr. Drema K. Howard, Director, Career Resource Center, University of Southern Florida

Joyce Lain Kennedy is at the top of her field. -- Richard L. Knowdell, CEO of Career Planning and Adult Development Network

From the Publisher

Discover how to:

Follow the new rules for e-mail cover letters Craft a letter that says you're a hot hire Showcase your best skills Grab attention with a great opening line Use action words that get results


More About the Author

Joyce Lain Kennedy is a nationally syndicated careers columnist appearing in newspapers and on Web sites across the country. The author of seven career management books, she has more than 30 years of experience in the career field.

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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is chock full of cutesy icons and useless advice. The author spends far too much time touting her previous book (resumes for dummies) and dispensing annoying catch phrases as opposed to giving solid writing tips. We've recieved letters like those featured in the book and dumped them directly in the trash. Unless you are applying for a sales job at a used car lot, don't bother using the letters in this book.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
While the companion volume, "Resumes for dummies" is excellent and well worth your time and money, this book does not justify itself. It could easily have been condensed into a few chapters and added to the resumes volume. "Resumes AND cover letters for dummies" would have made sense. I bought the resumes volume and am glad I did. I spent an entire weekend reading it and picking up excellent hints that dramtically improved my resume. I was able to peruse this book in 30 minutes at the bookstore, however. If you know how to write a simple business letter, you do not need this book. Definitely get the resumes volume, though.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joe Buchberger on December 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is not just a book on cover letters; it's a wealth of knowledge on the entire job-hunting process. Joyce Lain Kennedy has put together a tremendous resource for the current or soon to be job hunter, which is really most of us.
I know people scoff at Dummies books, especially for highly technical subjects, but this book is the perfect format for the vast collection of job-hunting facts, ideas and wisdom in this book. The author does an excellent job of presenting a lot of material in a way that is clear, entertaining and extremely readable.
I highly recommend this book, and liked it so much I went out and bought her other two books, Resumes' and Job Interviews for Dummies, which I will be reviewing as I finish them.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By deuist on June 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Cover Letters for Dummies" is a decent introduction to writing the perfect cover letter to land that dream job. You will definitely learn the purpose of cover letter, and how it differs from the resume. Once you get that part, it's time to move on to another book. This book may contain good explanations and theory as to how the hiring process works, but the examples are absolutely useless. Further, the only actual useful information could have been condensed into a one-page summary. The rest of the book is filler. Unless you want to be taken as a fool by potential employers, I suggest that you find another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clifford Flamer on September 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book contains all you need to know about cover letters, and in a pretty digestable format (a la the dummies series). The author cuts to the chase, throws in some humor, and gives plenty of options for ways to grab your audience's attention. Works for me. I've actually read quite a few books on cover letters (lots of free time while unemployed) and this one stands out to me--at least it's the one I keep on my bookshelf.
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