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The Guide To Basic Cover Letter Writing By Public Library Association, Editors Of VGM, Public Library Association, VGM

The Guide to Basic Cover Letter Writing

The Guide to Basic Cover Letter Writing
By Public Library Association, Editors of VGM, Public Library Association, VGM

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A solid, well-written cover letter is crucial to getting a job interview. Written under the auspices of the Job and Career Information Services Committee of the Public Library Association--a group of librarians with many years of collective experience in researching and providing job assistance information--this practical guide provides easy-to-follow instruction in crafting outstanding cover letters for any type of position. Completely updated, it features guidance in job seeking effectively online and the best ways to showcase experience with the latest technologies.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #2374860 in Books
  • Published on: 2003-09-26
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .36" h x 8.54" w x 10.86" l, .92 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 140 pages


  • ISBN13: 9780071405904
  • Condition: New
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From the Author
Steven Provenzano is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and career counselor who runs a thriving business helping people in all walks of life find the jobs of their dreams. He is the best-selling author of Top Secret Resumes and Top Secret Resumes & Cover Letters and has more than 20 years in resume writing and corporate human resources. He has appeared on CNBC's "Money Talk," CNN/fn, ABC/NBC News in Chicago, and numerous radio programs. His work and concepts have been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, The NBEW, and Crain's Small Business. As president of ECS:  Executive Career Services & DTP, Inc., he conducts seminars on resume writing and effective career search and development for major corporations. He provides a free resume review.  Send direct to:

From the Back Cover

Job search tip #1

Make your cover letter count!

While you may spend days perfecting your resume, remember it's the cover letter that gets read first, and it has the potential to put you either over the top or in the discard pile. Don't sell yourself short with a hurried, generic letter that makes your resume do the brunt of the work of impressing your future employer. Follow the advice in the PLA's revised Guide to Basic Cover Letter Writing to devise a document that skillfully complements your resume and, in the space of 8-1/2 x 11 inches, establishes you as a must-see interviewee.

Whether you're changing careers, re-entering the job market, or looking for your first job, this comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide will show you how to:

  • Create a cover letter that highlights the experience and training that make you the ideal job candidate
  • Draw from dozens of sample letters for all types of positions to construct a template that works for your needs
  • Showcase your style and personality in a way the strict format of a resume doesn't allow for
  • Grab the reader at first glance with professional quality proofreading, formatting, and printing
  • Keep your name on the short hiring list with polished post-interview follow-up correspondence
  • Take advantage of technology with electronic submissions and online job search strategies

In today's competitive job market, the importance of a clear, concise, carefully crafted cover letter is more important than ever before. Get it right and get the job with the help of The Guide to Basic Cover Letter Writing.

About the Author

The Job and Career Information Services Committee of the Public Library Association was formed by and for public librarians whose public includes job seekers. They are experts in locating the most up-to-date information about preparing and executing the perfect cover letter.

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By A Customer
I got this book mainly because the second edition was published in 2004 so I thought it would have the most up-to-date information on cover letter writing. Out of this whole book, only essentially the first 15 pages address how to write a cover letter--and this they do poorly. The main advice they give repeatedly is to include in your cover letter those skills and experience that match what your potential employer is looking for. Good advice, but they don't really tell you how to do this without making your cover letter merely a smaller version of your resume. I was really dissappointed with this book and would recommend other sources, even if they are perhaps a bit older.

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