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Knock 'em Dead Cover Letters: Great letter techniques and samples for every step of your job search Paperback – October 18, 2010
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Martin Yate CPC is the author of 17 Knock Em Dead books that cover every aspect of job search and career management and unfold a new and unique approach to career management - one that puts your success and security at its center, rather than the success of employers and their stockholders.
A New York Times bestseller his job search and career books are collectively published in some 63 foreign language editions. With his encyclopedic knowledge, practical strategies, cutting-edge tactics and an upbeat style, he has been called, "The father of modern career management."
Martin has helped millions of people get their lives on track and achieve greater control over their lives.
His books include:
Knock Em Dead Job Interview
- Everything you need to turn job interviews into job offers
Knock Em Dead Social Networking - For Job Search & Professional Success
- How to build and leverage social networks for professional gain
Knock Em Dead - The Ultimate Job Search Guide (30th edition)
- Updated every year, the gold standard of everything job search
Knock Em Dead Resumes (10th edition)
- Cutting edge strategies to create resumes that generate interviews
Knock Em Dead Cover Letters (10th edition)
- Every type of letter you'll need in a job search
Knock Em Dead Resumes & Templates (eBook only)
- Cutting edge strategies to create resumes that generate interviews, plus 110 resume templates
Knock Em Dead Job Search Letters & Templates (eBook only)
- Every type of letter you'll need in a job search, plus 125 letter templates
Knock Em Dead - Secrets & Strategies For Success In An Uncertain World
- How to gain control of your career and change the trajectory of your life
Knock Em Dead - Secrets & Strategies For First Time Job Seekers
- How to get off to a fast start, reach your goals and live life on your terms
Knock Em Dead - Hiring The Best (6th edition)
- How to hire and build successful teams
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
"No job hunter can afford to bypass the Knock 'em Dead books."
- Wall Street Journal
"The best book on job hunting."
- Financial Times
"Classic winner...one of the most valuable career books on the market."
- LA Times
Top Customer Reviews
On meail cover letters, he gives a bit of misinformation, which suggests he may not be as up-to-speed on email limitations as he could be. Specifically, he suggests using a signature-styled font in an email. (That only works if the recipient has the same font on their PC.)
I liked the examples of "Resurrection" letters (basically a thanks for the rejection), but their use is never explained in the book, so there's nothing to suggest this tactic is effective. (The only mention in the other books is in "Cover Letter Magic." They advise against them.) My guess is that this would have to be done selectively and carefully. What may be seen as persistence by the job seeker may be interpreted by the potential employer as either not being able to take a hint or a desperate need to have the last word.
It's an okay book, particularly if your personal style is somewhat formal and "old school," but it's not worthy of its title.
It's the samples that baffle me and cause me to give this book a low rating. Suggested cover letter openings include:
"I understand you are a manager who likes to gets [sic] things done,[sic] and who needs competent, focused, goal-oriented employees . . . "
"I thought the best way to demonstrate my drive and creativity was to get you my resume in this priority mail envelope."
"Although I am currently employed by one of your major competitors, I must admit that I was captivated by your company's mission statement when I visited your website."
Really? These are awful. As an employer, it'd get my attention, but not in a positive way. As a potential employee, I wouldn't want to work for anyone who found these interesting, or cute, or whatever the goal is.
Overall, the negatives outweighed the positives.
A great book with many interesting ways to blow the socks of off your employers.
Kelly Wibbenmeyer, the author of Any Tom, Dick, or Harry Can Get a Job: A Sure Fire Way to Land a Job
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best book I have read on Cover letters. I had met Martin Yate many years ago and like the style of this book. I would recommend getting his other books as well.Published 9 days ago by Susan Stern
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I love this book it was very helpful in preparing a cover letter.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Contains updated methods of writing and delivering cover letters.Published 7 months ago by HappyShoper
It includes very specific examples. In my opinión, the most valuable information is in the first 108 pages where it is explained how to write a strong cover letter. Read morePublished 7 months ago by JL
I am using the program to help new Mandarin/English speaking residents from China seeking employment in better positions.Published 9 months ago by Ben H.