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The Cover Letter Book

The Cover Letter Book

How to write a winning cover letter that really gets noticed
3rd Edition

James Innes

Dec 2015, Paperback, 248 pages
ISBN13: 9781292086392
ISBN10: 1292086394
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In a competitive job market, first impressions are vital. To get an interview you’re going to have to stand out and a well-executed cover letter is vital to ensure that you do not fall at the first hurdle.

This book takes you through all the essential rules and high impact strategies to ensure your cover letter makes you stand out from the crowd. It takes a detailed look at the fifteen most common cover letter mistakes to ensure you do not make the errors that the competition will be, and covers everysituation from email and fax to speculative letters, career-development letters and advert-response letters.

About the author 


How to use this book 

Part 1 Laying the foundations 

1. Why are cover letters so important? 

2. Getting the basics right 

Part 2 Job-hunting letters 

3. Speculative letters: your foot in the door 

4. Advert-response letters: a winning strategy 

Part 3 Specialist cover letters 

5. Letters of application for specialist sectors 

Part 4 The 15 most common cover letter mistakes 

6. How to avoid them! 

Part 5 Other job search letters 

7. Application follow-up letters 

8. Interview thank-you letters 

9. Negotiating an offer 

10. Requesting a reference 

11. Resignation letters 

12. Offer acceptance letters 

13. Rejecting an offer 

14. Accepting rejection

Part 6 Pay rise request letters 

15. Requesting a pay rise 

Part 7 Promotion request letters 

16. Requesting a promotion 

Part 8 CVs and interviews 

17. CVs 

18. Interviews 

Part 9 My five top tips to make your cover letter stand out 

19. How to make your cover letter stand out! 

20. Checklist

Further reading and resources 

Appendix A: 250 action verbs 

Appendix B: 50 positive adjectives 

Appendix C: 222 commonly misspelled words 


James Innes is the Managing Director of The CV Centre, the UK’s leading CV consultancy. James founded The CV Centre in 1998 and has built the company to its current position as UK market leaders in the field of CV consultancy. James regularly delivers presentations to recent graduates and also contributes widely to newspapers and magazines in both the UK and France and is the author of The Interview Book, The CV Book, The Cover Letters Book and The Interview Question and Answer Book