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    I have worked with more than 4,000 clients to prepare them for the academic job market. I know the mistakes people make in their cover letters. The Art of the Cover Letter is designed to keep you from making those same mistakes.

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    Membership to the Art of The Cover Letter is the only way to access all new posts on each section of the cover letter, as well as newly created worksheets, videos and examples. Combined with the blog and book, you have everything you need to showcase your academic record.

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    Start working on improving your cover letter right now! Membership in The Art of The Cover Letter provides instant access to a 10-module program that walks you through each element of the cover letter, from the salutation to the sign-off.

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    More than simply a how-to guide, The Art of the Cover Letter teaches you to think like a search committee, identifying content from your record that "counts," condensing that content into effective, concise, fact-based language, and finally refining it into memorable paragraphs that frame your expertise in ways that work for the job market.

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    As you can see, The Art of the Cover Letter is hosted on reachthenextlevel.com, which we 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 Unstuck: From Stalled to Submitted. Do not be alarmed that you have left the TPII site to access The Art of the Cover Letter; it's still just us — we've just added a new platform to work from.

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