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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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About the Author

Martin Yate, CPC is an internationally bestselling author with an unsurpassed body of work focused on lifetime career management. His previous positions include National Director of Training for Dunhill Personnel System, Inc., and Director of Personnel for Bell Industries Computer Memory Division. He is also the author of Knock 'em Dead, Knock 'em Dead Resumes, and many other books.
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Product Details

  • Series: Knock 'em Dead
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Ninth Edition edition (October 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440505888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440505881
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,075,043 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As Dun & Bradstreet says, "He's just about the best in the business," with a series of job search and career books that outline a completely new approach to achieving success and living life on your terms.

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

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Format: Paperback
I used this along with "Cover Letter Magic" and "The Very Quick Job Search," and I prefer those over this one. Though certainly an improvement over the old "Enclosed please find" style, the examples throughout the book are still a bit stiff, unnecessarily wordy, and dated. There's also not as much variety as in the other books.

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.
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I appreciate that this book sets up different scenarios, "When You Have No Referral and No Job Posting," "When You Are Responding to a Job Posting," etc. The "Target Job Deconstruction" exercise is helpful and not typically addressed in resume/cover letter books. Mr. Yate also gives a lot of examples of cover letter wordings, and it's easy to go through to pick and choose what you like. A full two-thirds of the book is devoted to sample letters.

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.
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By A Customer on September 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I used this book when I was job searching during my senior year of college. I read it cover to cover, and followed the author's advice. I was highly successful in my job search, landing my dream job. I was even complimented several times on my "very creative" cover letter. You can't go wrong with this book!
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Maybe it was just a coincidence, but the first job I wrote a cover letter for using this book is the first one that called me for an interview, and ultimately hired me for. Even though there weren't any specific example letters for my position (biology major, research laboratory assistant), I was still able to pick and chose phrases to craft a persuasive cover letter. I really think you should give it a try!
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By A Customer on October 6, 2000
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Excellent book it showed me all I needed to write the perfect cover letter and it was incredibly easy to read and showed excellent examples of all different types of job seeking situations. I highly recommend this to anyone...from professionals to those seeking part-time employment, well done Mr. Yate!
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By A Customer on November 11, 1998
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This is a good book for anyone job hunting who puts in considerable effort on mailings. It is packed with well written letters that (according to the author) get results and generate phone calls. I haven't been succesful yet, but I just read the book yesterday. It is well written, though, and served to energize my search efforts. I think it's worth the money.
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I think the letters in this book are just average, and they focus on me, me, me. There is nothing that helps the writer craft a letter to meet the needs of the employer. A good title, but this books misses the mark.
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This book is a great tool that I've used while consulting others. Many people don't realize how important the cover letter is...sometimes it's as important if not more important than your resume or your interview...do you know why??? If you don't write an interesting cover letter, then your resume may end up getting filed in "file 13" a.k.a the trash.

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
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