Cover Letter Resources for Job-Seekers

What follows is a collection of the best cover letter tools, expert advice, tips, and resources, including articles, tutorials, quizzes, and samples — at no charge.

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The Basics of a Dynamic Cover Letter — an excerpt from the third edition of the popular cover letter book, this article explains the three kinds of cover letters.

Cover Letter Checklist — as you are preparing or editing your job-search cover letter, be sure to go through this useful checklist.

Cover Letter Do’s and Don’ts — the ins and outs of the important rules of writing and using cover letters. Be sure to review these!

Cover Letter FAQ: The Ten Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Cover Letters — includes tips and advice on gaining a competitive edge in the job market by using dynamic cover letters.

Cover Letter Formula Page — the authors of the top-selling cover letter book, Dynamic Cover Letters, show a basic template — or formula — for writing a strong cover letter.

Cover Letter Reboot: A Crowdsourced Update of Traditional Cover-letter Advice for Today’s Job Search — offers key advice from hiring decision-makers that can guide job-seeker thinking toward writing effective job-search letters.

Cover Letter Success is All About Specifics — highlights the major flaws in many cover letters, and how you can fix any of them in your cover letters.

Cover Letters to Recruiters Require Special Handling — learn how to write a cover letter that will get action from recruiters and headhunters.

Don’t Make These 10 Cover Letter Mistakes — here’s a great article describing how job-seekers can avoid making these common cover letter mistakes.

The 7 Elements of a Highly Effective Cover Letter — your cover letter is your one chance to really market yourself to an employer. Here are seven elements of a highly effective job-search cover letter.

Special Cover-Letter Formats Can Grab Employers’ Attention — learn how some job-seekers use special formats to make letters more enticing to employers.

Surefire Cover-Letter Technique: Incorporating Stories — explains how job-seekers can effectively tell stories in cover letters; includes numerous examples.

Tips for a Dynamic Email Cover Letter — discover and master the key strategies for sending email cover letters.


Cover Letter Quiz — test your knowledge of cover letters with this “almost-interactive” quiz; take the quiz and then Quintessential Careers will send you a set of correct responses via e-mail.


Customizable Opening Paragraphs for Job-Seeker Cover Letters — dynamic cover letter opening paragraphs, including more than 100 customizable opening paragraphs — with accompanying sample paragraphs showing each opener in action.

Customizable Closing Paragraphs for Job-Seeker Cover Letters — a strong collection of free job-seeker customizable closing paragraphs for all types of cover letters, with expert cover letter closer samples.

Real New College Grad Resume and Cover Letter Samples — a large collection of real, high-quality new college grad resume and cover letter samples for helping college students and new grads improve your job, internship, grad-school search.

Sample Dynamic Cover Letters for Job-Seekers — where you’ll find a variety of free job-search cover letter samples, covering a number of different job-hunting scenarios.

Surefire Cover-Letter Technique: Incorporating Stories — showcases how job-seekers can successfully use a variety of career-related stories in job-search cover letters. Includes free career story examples.

Sample Job-Search Letters for Job-Seekers — where you’ll find a variety of free job-search letter samples, including ones for networking, informational interviewing, and job-search follow-up.

QUINTESSENTIAL CAREERS COVER LETTER TOOLS AND TIPS Critical Cover Letter Tips: Key Letter Writing Advice — where you’ll find about 100 tips, suggestions, advice, and strategies designed for all job-seekers — from entry-level to career-changers to executives — to help compose better cover letters.

Job-Seeker Career and Job-Search Worksheets — worksheets to develop and streghten your cover letters and resumes.


The Dynamic Cover Letters Cover Letter Tutorial — more than 100 pages of information, illustrations, and samples about all aspects of cover letters. Its subtitle is “everything you ever wanted to know about cover letters, but were afraid to ask!”


Cover Letter White Paper: Key Advice for Today’s Job Search — download this no-cost 13-page white paper that provides great insight, details, and advice from hiring managers regarding effective cover letters for job-seekers.


The Quintessential Guide to Surefire Resumes for New Graduates and Other Entry-Level Candidates. This free Quintessential Careers Press e-book provides seven chapters that will help you pack punch into your resume and cover letter and then gives you two chapters of tools — worksheets and samples to guide you to applying what you’ve learned from the book to creating surefire career-marketing documents.


JobStar — Cover Letters — Some great information about cover letters, with some good tips and links to other Web-based resources.

20 Cover Letter Blunders to Avoid — a list of errors to avoid in writing cover letters.

Looking for job interview thank-you letter information? Go to this section of Quintessential Careers: Thank-You Letter Resources for Job-Seekers.

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