Turn to Your Library for Job Search Assistance

The Mercer County Library System holds an extensive collection of resume and cover letter books to help you in your job search during this economic downturn. Additionally, some branches, including Ewing and Lawrence, offer special instructional sessions to help you with these job-hunting staples. To get you started, here are five basic tips for writing an effective cover letter:

  • Make it easy for the person reading to understand just “who” you are
  • Highlight your most relevant achievements
  • Tailor each letter to the company to which you’re applying and explain why you want to work for it
  • Keep it short
  • Make it neat, clean, and well presented.

Two books in particular worth checking out are Cover Letter Magic and Gallery of Best Cover Letters. A piece entitled “A Cover Letter is Not Expendable” recently appeared in The New York Times and offers valuable tidbits for turning an ordinary cover letter into an extraordinary one!

- LShrager


  1. Thanks for posting the link to the NYT article -- it's really great!


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