Read This If You Need a New Job

Sarah writes me about my post How to Get the Job You Want…Even In a Recession

I found your LinkedIn discussion about writing powerful cover letters, and I wanted to thank you for sharing your success story. It is wonderful to hear that even in hard times, when everyone says no one is hiring, there are still opportunities for hard-working dedicated people, like yourself, to land the job they want.Your letter was so well written and confident that it has motivated me to write an outstanding cover letter in order to get the job I have had my eye on for the last year. I am excited to send my letter with confidence and see how it turns out.

Hi Sarah:

Thank you so much for contacting me! I’m glad you found my letter and story inspirational and useful.

You have my full permission to borrow, copy, model and use any parts of my letter, including specific wordings and the format, for your own letter.  I’d also be happy to review your cover letter — and provide you with suggestions and comments.

Here are a few more suggestions that helped me find the job I wanted…in fact, this is the exact same process I used in my job search last November.

1. Read every page, suggestion, technique and letter on this site: (

2. Buy and read these books…

  1. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  2. Linchpin by Seth Godin
  3. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  4. How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success  In Selling by Frank Bettger
  5. Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk

(Note: Many of these books can be found on for less than $5 each, including shipping.)

3. Learn how to sell. For any and ALL jobs (not just sales) you need to sell YOURSELF.  Selling is easy, once you learn a key secret. And here it is:  “Find out what others want and help them get it.”  That’s the mentality you need with every cover letter you mail, and every interview you get!

For more on this topic, buy and read this e-book for $9.00:  The Secret to Selling Anything by Harry Browne

4. Take the Dale Carnegie class on “Public Speaking & Effective Human Relations.” It costs something like $1,200…but it will be some of the best money you ever spend.  Why?

  • It’ll boost your confidence, important in any job search.
  • You’ll learn public speaking (selling point).
  • It demonstrates to an employer you are self-motivated to invest in yourself (selling point).

5. Work on improving your motivation and attitude. The books I list and the Dale C. course will help with this.  But also you might want to invest into a few CD/audio programs on motivation, such as those offered by Nightingale-Conant.

You can listen in your car in your daily commute, or while you are exercising or doing housework. A couple of my favorites…

Hope all of above is helpful.  Please keep me in the loop on your job search!!!

At your service,

Ryan McGrath

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  1. Thank you for the advice. I’ve found your first point to be most effective.

  2. Good stuff, Ryan.

    Just wanted to note that Harry Browne’s book “The Secret to Selling Anything” literally changed the course of my career.

    I’ve never given higher recommendations for any business book.

    Thanks for the great content!

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