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Quintessential Careers Content Index:
Cover Letters


 

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Cover Letters Not Getting Read? Introducing the 5-Point Power Note
By: Susan Britton Whitcomb
Published: 2011, May 16
Summary: Compare and contrast the style of this 5-point power note to a typical cover letter (see cover-letter samples). It's about one-third or even one-quarter the size of most cover letters (perfect for a short email, in which the reader doesn't have to scroll excessively to read the entire note). This article elaborates.

 

Cover Letters That Wowed: Hiring Decision-Makers Describe Winning Cover Letters
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2011, May 16
Summary: We asked hiring decision-makers to tell us about job-seeker cover letters they've received that really made them sit up and take notice.

 

Hiring Decision-Makers Cite Top Cover-Letter Mistakes that Disqualify Job-Seekers
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2011, May 16
Summary: We asked hiring decision-makers what mistakes job-seekers make in cover letters that are so serious that the employers would eliminate these candidates, even if they seemed qualified.

 

Cover Letter Wish List: Hiring Decision-Makers Reveal What They Want to See in Cover Letters
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2011, May 16
Summary: We asked hiring decision-makers what they look for in a cover letter.

 

Cover Letter Reboot: A Crowdsourced Update of Traditional Cover-Letter Advice for Today's Job Search
By:Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2011, May 16
Summary: We asked hiring decision-makers what they look for in a cover letter.

 

Customizable Opening Paragraphs for Job Seeker Cover Letters
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2009, March 9
Summary: This article offers dynamic cover letter opening paragraphs, including more than 100 customizable opening paragraphs -- with accompanying sample paragraphs showing each opener in action.

 

Surefire Cover Letter Technique: Incorporating Stories
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2009, March 9
Summary: Learn about stories job-seekers can tell in cover letters, including how to write them, and free examples of each type. Excerpted from the book, Tell Me About Yourself: Storytelling to Get a Job and Propel Your Career.

 

How to Write The Ideal Cover Letter
By: Deborah Brown-Volkman
Published: 2009, March 9
Summary: The ideal cover letter is focused, professional, and well-written. While the hiring decision-maker is reading your cover letter, he or she is deciding if it makes sense to continue on to your resume. If you cannot make your cover letter great, the employer has no reason to believe you will do great work for the organization either. This article explains.

 

Cover Letters That Count
By: Elizabeth Freedman
Published: 2006, Feb. 13
Summary: When trying to land a first job or internship, a strong, succinct cover letter is one of the best tools you can use to get noticed. And unlike other first impressions, the cover letter puts the opportunity to succeed largely in your hands. To avoid wince-worthy moments and create a terrific first impression, read this article for winning cover-letter suggestions.

 

Optimizing Your Cold Contact Prospecting Cover Letter
By: Teena Rose
Published: 2006, Feb. 13
Summary: A cold-contact letter will generate the fewest leads, so paying special attention to the content and adding a couple unique elements will increase your return rate. This article explains.

 

Seven Elements of a Highly Effective Cover Letter
By: Jimmy Sweeney
Published: 2004, Oct. 25
Summary: It is the well-written cover letter -- not the resume -- that can single-handedly land you more job interviews. The cover letter is your one chance to really market yourself to an employer using proven marketing strategies rarely found in the typical well-written cover letter. This article explains.

 

Special Cover Letter Formats Can Grab Employers' Attention
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2004, Oct. 25
Summary: Use special formats to make your letter more reader-friendly and enticing. These formats also call attention to your qualifications and enable you to tailor them very sharply to the requirements of the position you're applying for. This article describes four such formats.

 

Tips for a Dynamic Email Cover Letter
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2004, Oct. 25
Summary: Just as certain secrets can help you write a dynamic cover letter, there are also key strategies for sending email cover letters. This article describes those strategies.

 

Cover Letters Count
By: Louise Giordano
Published: 2003, Sept. 1
Summary: You -- as writer and job-seeker -- must give employers what counts: a letter that complements your resume, serves as your first writing sample, and focuses the reader on what you have to offer, what you bring to the position, and why you are a suitable candidate. This article describes elaborates.

 

Four Cover Letters for Four Job Search Strategies
By: Deborah Walker
Published: 2003, Sept. 1
Summary: Cover letters should be customized according to each of the four basic job-search strategies. Learn the strategies in this article.

 

Cover Letter Checklist
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2002, Sept. 30
Summary: Think your cover letter is ready to be seen by employers? To be sure, use this checklist to guarantee that you've written the most dynamic (and powerful) cover letter possible.

 

Cover Letters to Recruiters Require Special Handling
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2002, Sept. 30
Summary: It pays to attend to differences between conventional cover letters and recruiter cover letters in such areas as content, length, format, and how the letter is sent to the recruiter. This article explains.

 

Powerful New Grad Resumes and Cover Letters Ten Things They Have in Common
By: by Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2002, April 29
Summary: OK, you're graduating from college soon. Time to give your resume and cover letter a checkup to ensure they are as powerful as they can be. Powerful new grad resumes and cover letters have several things in common, so you can kill a number of birds with one stone with this checkup.

 

Career Changers Most Powerful Resume and Cover Letter Tool: Transferable Skills
By: Maureen Crawford Hentz
Published: 2001, Nov. 26
Summary: The most effective technique career changers can use in their resumes and cover letters is transferable skills. This article tells how.

 

Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Strategies for Older Workers
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2001, Sept. 10
Summary: Special techniques for mature job-seekers to apply to resumes, cover letters, and interviewing.

 

Cover Letter Success is All About Specifics
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2001, May 21
Summary: A cover letter needs to be specific in every way. Otherwise, it's a fairly pointless document. This article tells how to get specific in your cover letter.

 

Cover Letter Do's and Don'ts
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D. and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2001, Feb. 12
Summary: This article offers keys to writing successful (and dynamic) cover letters. Follow these simple rules and you should achieve success in this important phase of job-hunting.

 

Cover Letter Quiz
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: 2000, March 20
Summary: Test your cover-letter knowledge by responding to the questions in this quiz to the best of your ability.

 

Action Verbs for Cover Letters, Resumes
By: n/a
Published: n/a
Summary: Remember to use these action verbs in this list in writing your resume and cover letters to increase the strength of your writing and make potential employers take notice of your accomplishments and skills!

 

Basics of a Dynamic Cover Letter
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D. and Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: Why is a cover letter so important? A resume is useless to an employer if he or she doesn't know what kind of work you want to do. A cover letter tells the employer the type of position you're seeking -- and exactly how you are qualified for that position. This article offers all the basics.

 

Cover Letter Components Worksheet
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: You have perhaps a maximum of 20 seconds to wow the reader of your cover letter, so maximize its impact by making it dynamic. This worksheet provides a "formula" for cover letters; however, it is critical that each cover letter be unique and specific to you and to the employer -- not one that any applicant could have written to any employer.

 

Cover Letter Formula
By: Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: You have perhaps a maximum of 20 seconds to wow the reader of your cover letter, so maximize its impact by making it dynamic. This article explains.

 

Cover Letter FAQs and the Competitive Edge in the Job Market
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: The answers to the 10 commonly asked questions about cover letters in this article can help you write a letter that is a key part of a hard-to-resist sales package.

 

Cover Letter Tutorial
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: This tutorial condenses and highlights some of the most important points in the books, Dynamic Cover Letters and Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates, and is a comprehensive guide, with more than 100 pages of information and examples.

 

Do Not Make These Ten Cover Letter Mistakes
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: A bad cover letter can nip your chances in the bud. This article describes 10 mistakes that contribute to bad cover letters. To ensure that your cover letter is effective, avoid these mistakes.

 

Emphasizing Your Transferable and Marketable Skills in Your Cover Letter
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: How college students can portray skills from typical college jobs as relevant to professional jobs.

 

Transferable Skills Worksheet for Resumes and Cover Letters
By: Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
Published: n/a
Summary: Use this worksheet to capture skills you've attained from any aspect of your life that are transferable and applicable to the job you want next.

 


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