Sunday 22 July 2018

Book Review: Ultimate Cover Letters by Michael John Yate (Non-Fiction)

Title: Ultimate Cover Letters
Author: Michael John Yate
Kogan Page

Publication Date: 3 August 2018
eBook - PDF
ARC via NetGalley


Does your cover letter have the X factor? How can you make sure that it communicates what employers really want? Ultimate Cover Letters, from best-selling author and careers expert Martin John Yate, describes how to write the very best cover letters, helping you to open doors to job interviews and offers of employment, and outshine all other candidates. From the very popular Ultimate series, the book offers sound advice on assembling letters and how to use key 'power phrases' to get results, as well as over 100 sample letters to cover a variety of situations. These include e-mail responses to online applications, speculative letters, letters to answer advertised vacancies, follow-up letters, networking letters and even acceptance and resignation letters.

Now including a chapter on how to develop your professional image and integrate it into your job search letter, Ultimate Cover Letters 5th edition covers all aspects of this crucial part of the job-hunting process in an engaging and approachable way, ensuring you put every chance of success by your side. Ultimate Cover Letters will help you make the perfect first impression.

Ultimate Cover Letters is an excellent resource for the job seekers out there. I requested this from NetGalley to help a friend who is about to write a job application. He's been in the same role for over 20 years and is out of the loop in terms of applications and interviews. I was helping him with the letter, so I read this book first, and it provided me with many useful tips on presentation and content which I could then pass on to him. It has also given me a few ideas for how to super-charge my own application letters. The bulk of the book is sample letters, imagining job applications in a wide range of fields, and that is useful to see how you should approach things differently depending on the role. Overall, this is another great book in the Ultimate series. 4.5 stars from me.

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