Cover Letter Mastery Writing to Get the Job You Want
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Cover Letter Mastery Writing to Get the Job You Want

Learn to Write, Edit, and Format Cover Letters that Outshine the Competition
4.4 (38 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
246 students enrolled
Last updated 7/2016
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
Tips on how to respond to a job advertisement
Lessons on the common pitfalls of cover letters
Advice on writing style and editing
Formatting tips for a pleasing design
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Requirements
  • The only material/software required is a word processor.
  • No experience in writing cover letters is required.
Description

New Bonus (July 2016): After you complete the course, I will read over your draft cover letter and offer comments for free. 

Not getting job interviews? Write a great cover letter that gets you the job you want! Badly written job cover letters eliminate 90% of job applicants. Most applicants are not competing against other applicants for scarce jobs — they are competing against themselves!

Take this university-level course, taught by an experienced business communication professor, that outlines the secrets behind every step in writing effective cover letters.

Give yourself the best chance to get the job you want by making a great first impression with an effective cover letter.

Write a cover letter in just over one hour as you follow detailed lessons that outline the main problems found in real cover letters produced by actual job applicants.

The course presents a logical process that works through the 3 parts of a job cover letter: the header, the body, and the footer.

In this comprehensive course, I help you:

  • deconstruct the advertisement to engage with the job's requirements;
  • avoid the typical mistakes in the header;
  • write clearly and edit for perfection;
  • format the letter to create a pleasing page design;
  • make a great first impression with the opening paragraph;
  • remove vague, empty statements about your work experience;
  • go beyond static statements about "holding positions";
  • place your valuable skills in context;
  • includefactual evidence and short stories of success; and,
  • conclude in a straightforward way that avoids flattery.

Udemy offers a 30-day guarantee: if this course doesn't satisfy your needs, you can get a refund -- there's no risk to you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Cover Letter Mastery is for beginners looking to create a great cover letter
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:33:01
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Starting Out
4 Lectures 29:30

Provides an overview of the course lessons.

Preview 07:25

Outlines principles of preparing to write the letter.

Preview 05:43

Shows how to deconstruct a job advertisement to ensure you are responding to all of its parts.

Deconstructing the Job Advertisement
10:20

Use the company's website for clues on what to write in your cover letter. 

Review the Website
06:02
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Technical Details
2 Lectures 05:03

The basic details of writing well and editing a cover letter.

Writing Style and Editing
02:44

Formatting principles to ensure an easy-to-read cover letter. 

Formatting
02:19
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The Header: Make a Great First Impression
1 Lecture 09:40

Shows common problems with the header of the cover letter.

The Header
09:40
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The Body: The Meat of the Cover Letter
6 Lectures 42:48

Lists ways add specific details, factual evidence, and stories of success.

Be Specific: How to Avoid Vague Statements, Holding Positions, and Having Skills
09:47

Shows how to make a good first impression in the opening paragraph of the body.

Preview 08:57

Introduces the most important section of the cover letter

Introduction to the Body
03:47

Describes the vague statements typical in bad cover letters.

The Problem of Vague Statements
04:44

Explains the problem of simply listing the positions you've held.

The Problem of Holding Positions
09:51

Discusses the problem of simply describing your skills.

The Problem of Having Skills
05:42
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Don't Ignore the Footer
1 Lecture 03:56

Outlines mistakes commonly made in the the footer of the cover letter.

The Footer Principles
03:56
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You're Almost Done!
2 Lectures 00:44

Review this checklist when you've completed your writing.

Final Checklist
1 page

Completes the course with a few final thoughts on getting the job you want.

Concluding Thoughts
00:44
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Bonus Content
1 Lecture 00:22
Bonus Lecture: Discount Writing Course Coupon
00:22
About the Instructor
Dr. Duncan Koerber
4.3 Average rating
114 Reviews
3,870 Students
9 Courses
University Professor

Dr. Duncan Koerber has taught writing and communications courses for the past 10 years at six Canadian universities to thousands of students.

Oxford University Press recently published his writing textbook, Clear, Precise, Direct: Strategies for Writing (2015). Available on Amazon, the book considers the seven most common errors (interfering factors) in writing and how to improve them (enhancing factors). His second book, Crisis Communication in Canada, is in the revision process for University of Toronto Press.

Currently a full-time assistant professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, Duncan Koerber worked for nearly 10 years in reporting and editing roles for the London Free Press, the Mississauga News, and the University of Toronto Medium. He has freelanced for magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star.

Duncan Koerber has been a successful freelance editor, earning a 95% success rating on Upwork. 

Duncan Koerber has a bachelor of arts degree in English, Professional Writing, and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2001), a master of arts degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario (2003), and a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from York University and Ryerson University (2009).

His academic writing, which focuses on media and journalism history, writing pedagogy, and public relations crisis communication, has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Journalism History, Media History, Composition Studies, Canadian Journal of Media Studies, and Sport History Review.