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The Right Phrase for Every Situation…Every Time

In today’s competitive job market, getting your foot in the door is half the battle. It’s crucial to get yourself noticed immediately—before the interview, before a potential employer even looks at your resume. Your career success begins with the all-important cover letter. That letter is the key to creating a good first impression. In a few sentences, you need to convey your professionalism, qualifications, intelligence, communication skills, and personal goals. Written by a bestselling career expert, this step-by-step handbook is filled with example formats, eye-catching styles, and effective phrases that will help you write the kind of polished, professional letter that’s exactly right for you. Perfect Phrases for Cover Letters includes:

  • Proven tips for making your cover letter stand out
  • Hundreds of sample phrases organized by skill and purpose
  • Surefire strategies for specific professions and job situations

You only have one chance to make a first impression. Make it count—with a clear, concise, and confident cover letter that will guarantee you an interview…and get you the job you want.

About the Author

Michael Betrus conducts seminars and workshops in career guidance, and has written numerous books. He previously worked in sales and marketing with Verizon and Sprint.

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Do yourself a favor and disregard this book July 26 2009
By Karina A. Suarez - Published on
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Mr. Betrus claims to be an experienced recruiter, and perhaps he is. Honestly, I sincerely hope he does at least an acceptable job as a human resources specialist than he does as a writer. This is a sloppily written book, full of carelessness and averagely-written phrases. I still cannot comprehend how a company of the caliber of McGraw Hill has sponsored it. When an author himself admits not to be particularly gifted at writing, he should then, in my opinion, avoid the exercise altogether. Only then can the reader who desperately needs advice on how to compose the perfect cover letter be spared the use of mundane expressions like "a lot of" over and over in his or her writing.

For someone who preaches über-revision throughout the job application experience, the pièce de résistance for summa cum sloppiness came for me when on page 37, fictionalized (?) job-seeker Cynthia E. Goodman states that she and his wife went to see "The Phantom of the Opera" together, where she / he (?) met the potential recruiter to whom the letter is directed. As much as I want to think the author is a staunch supporter of gay rights, the statement represents to me the epitome of a job poorly done with total disregard to detail. Even when here and there the book suggests a good idea to incorporate in a cover letter, they are by no means nothing stellar. In fact, I have found much better suggestions on cover letter writing on books that are not necessarily fully targeted to the task, such as "How to land a top-paying federal job" by Lily Whiteman. Please consult other sources and skip this one, unless of course, you want to be thought of as ordinary and utterly replaceable while trying to land a job of any kind. You'll be wise to dump this one into the trash can, as I did.