Cover Letter Coaching

Available either in NYC or long distance.

When you send a cover letter for a job, one of three things will happen: It will be ignored, quickly scanned, or shine as a winner—landing you the interview.

To write a winning cover letter, you need to know the basic do’s and don’ts (formatting, length, order of information, etc.) and you need to practice good business writing (being clear, concise, specific, etc.). But you also need something extra, a spark that shows your personality, as well as your unique experiences and insights.

We’ll work with you to create a cover letter that:

  • Reflects your personality instead of using boilerplate language.
  • Tells a story instead of offering vague general statements.
  • Demonstrates your interest in a specific organization instead of a generic plea for a job.
  • Complements rather than repeats your resume or CV.
  • Shows why you are good for them, rather than the other way around.

Not only will you get a great cover letter, but you’ll learn how to write great cover letters for the future. It’s a wise investment in your career.

The coaching service does not apply to query letters for creative writing projects (novels, memoirs, etc.). This kind of work is covered in our How to Get Published course.

Your coach can offer some advice on résumés, but the emphasis will be on the cover letter. You will, however, get a booklet with information on cover letters and résumés, as well as samples of both.

If you meet in NYC, here’s how it works:

Brainstorm – You meet for one hour with your coach. (If you have an existing cover letter and resume, bring them in.) You and your coach will brainstorm the best ideas for your cover letter and map out a flow.

Work/Evaluate – On your own, you work on the cover letter, utilizing notes from your first session. You send it to your coach, who spends one hour making notes on your cover letter.

Revise – Again, you meet for one hour with your coach. You discuss the current version of your cover letter, and work together to bring it to (or close to) its final shape.

If you do it long distance, here’s how it works:

Brainstorm – Via Skype, you meet for one hour with your coach. (If you have an existing cover letter and resume, you will have sent that to your coach.) You and your coach will brainstorm the best ideas for your cover letter and map out a flow.

Work/Evaluate – On your own, you work on the cover letter, utilizing notes from your first session. You send it to your coach, who spends one hour writing up notes on the cover letter, which are sent to you. You take another pass at the letter, which you send to the coach, who spends 30 minutes writing up more notes.

Revise – Via Skype, you meet for 30 minutes with your coach. You discuss the current version of your cover letter, and discuss how to bring it to (or close to) its final shape.

Tuition: $360.

You may purchase extra time, if needed, at $120 per hour.

Call 212-974-8377 to register.