9781570232541

Winning Letters That Overcome Barriers to Employment

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  • ISBN13:

    9781570232541

  • ISBN10:

    1570232547

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-05-30
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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Summary

You are what you write when it comes to introducing yourself to prospective employers. However, many job seekers, including those with red flags in their backgrounds, underestimate the importance of letters and thus fail to make a good impression when looking for a job. This book shows how to write effective letters that observe proper rules and etiquette as well as use persuasive language. It shows how to build a letter using a fail-safe 12-step approach that covers everything from the sender's name and address to the postscript. It includes answers to the most frequently asked questions about employment letters, examples of powerful job achievement statements, sample letters designed to overcome barriers to employment, and much more.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction 1(6)
Section 1: Successful Job Hunting
The Real Barriers to Employment
7(4)
Letters and the Job Hunting Process
11(7)
The Open Market
18(6)
Using the Want Ads
24(3)
The Hidden Job Market
27(11)
Increasing the Odds
38(11)
Sensitive Issues
49(7)
The Purpose of a Cover Letter
56(13)
Section 2: Building Your Letter Step By Step
Step 1: The Sender's Information
69(5)
Step 2: The Date
74(4)
Step 3: The Recipient
78(7)
Step 4: The Reference Line
85(6)
Step 5: The Salutation
91(4)
Step 6: The Opening Paragraph
95(8)
Step 7: The Body of the Letter
103(16)
Step 8: A ``Call to Action'' Paragraph
119(7)
Step 9: The Complimentary Closing
126(4)
Step 10: The Signature
130(5)
Step 11: Enclosures
135(5)
Step 12: The Postscript
140(5)
Section 3: The Nuts and Bolts
Design and Layout
145(5)
Paper and Envelope
150(4)
Delivery
154(4)
Writing Style
158(9)
Appendix A: Writing Your Achievement Paragraphs 167(14)
Appendix B: Letter Examples 181(24)
Appendix C: Unsolicited Letter Quiz Answers and Rationale 205(7)
Index 212(3)
Career Resources 215

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