What is The Art of the Cover Letter?
A 10-module, self-guided course, all-online, available anytime 24/7, that walks you step by step through the planning, info-gathering, writing, and editing of your academic job cover letter.
The Art of the Cover Letter includes new posts and worksheets that teach you how to a) grasp and frame your record for the purposes of job market competition; b) collect all pertinent material in one place and hone it down to cover letter appropriate language; c) refine and edit the complete cover letter to avoid pitfalls like excessive humility, desperation, bragging, emotionalism, self-sabotage, etc. And at each step it includes short videos by Dr. Karen Kelsky, that keep you focused on the big picture principles at work.
Work at your own pace, develop your own materials, learn what you need to say, and how you need to say it!
Want to know more? Read on!
Why are we offering The Art of the Cover Letter?
Because every Fall scores and scores of you can’t get on my calendar in time for your job deadlines or are living on a grad student or adjunct budget that won’t allow for my in-person editing rates. You want and need help on your cover letter that goes deeper than the blog and the book, is more individualized than the webinar recordings, but costs less than individual editing.
What do you get with The Art of the Cover Letter?
Once you purchase the online course, you get immediate access to a 10-module program that walks you through each element of the cover letter, from the salutation to the sign-off, with assigned readings in my book The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job (which you must purchase to do the program) and on the blog.
Each module includes worksheets that lead you from the mental process of recognizing the content from your record that “counts,” through the challenge of condensing that content into effective, concise, fact-based language, and finally to the work of refining it into memorable paragraphs that frame your expertise in ways that work for the job market.
Each worksheet also provides you with examples of effective language to describe research, contribution, publications, next project, teaching, diversity, and tailoring.
And you get 10 short videos from me, Dr. Karen, reminding you what search committees are looking for when they read each section of a letter. I show you how you can avoid the most common forms of self-sabotage, and what you can do to produce an effective, compelling letter that delivers the facts of your record, tailored to the job, without desperation, pandering, hyper-emotionalism, or bragging.
What don’t you get with Art of the Cover Letter?
Personal editing help from Dr. Karen or any live person! This is entirely a self-guided course. (Once you have completed the program, you do have the option to purchase an ACL-Followup Edit for an additional fee, if you want Dr. Karen [or one of her editing staff] to give your letter a single final edit.)
Who created Art of the Cover Letter?
It is the marriage of Kellee Weinhold’s mad technical genius and enthusiasm for all-online learning systems to Karen’s mission to make the principles of TPII job market preparation available to as wide an audience as possible. It’s been brought to fruition through the organizational brilliance of Kellee’s sister Mary Rogan.
At this time The Art of the Cover Letter is in beta-testing stage and is only available to new clients; it is not available to those who have previously worked with Dr. Karen editing their job documents, or who are already on the schedule to begin that work this Fall.
Once you purchase The Art of the Cover Letter, there are no refunds.
You have access to the course for one year. After that, your access expires.
You are required to have a copy Karen’s book The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job, to do the program. Its list price is $15, and it is available for $8.40 on evil Amazon. Buy it at Powell’s Online and support a local business!
The Art of the Cover Letter does NOT involve any editing of your documents by Dr. Karen. Nor does it involve any emailing with Dr. Karen. Questions about The Art of the Cover Letter will be answered by ACL staff (Kellee or Mary), not by Dr. Karen. The price of this product is possible because it is entirely a self-guided course.
The Art of the Cover Letter is hosted on Reach the Next Level, created to host a number of similar self-guided courses, including, eventually, Art of the CV, Art of the Teaching Statement, and Art of the Research Statement, as well as her Unstuck: From Stalled to Submitted Writing Coaching Program.