The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters That Work / Edition 1by Scott Bennett
Pub. Date: 07/22/2005
It's amazing the myths one can find in some résumé books. Scott Bennett has hired hundreds of people in a variety of industries, and he knows firsthand what kinds of résumés spark the interest of employers. In The Elements of Resume Style, Bennett explains why some of the most popular "tricks" backfire more often than they work,/i>
It's amazing the myths one can find in some résumé books. Scott Bennett has hired hundreds of people in a variety of industries, and he knows firsthand what kinds of résumés spark the interest of employers. In The Elements of Resume Style, Bennett explains why some of the most popular "tricks" backfire more often than they work, and offers clear, smart strategies for creating resumes and cover letters that get people jobs. From entry-level to executive, users of this invaluable guide will:
• See their resume from the employer's perspective
• Avoid the errors most candidates make
• Handle job-hopping, employment gaps, and other touchy subjects honestly and effectively
• Write cover letters that stand out and learn the untapped power of the inquiry letter
The book features:
• 1,400+ Sample Action Words, Action Statements, and Position Descriptions/Blurbs
• 200+ Vague Claims to Avoid and 500+ More Words and Phrases to Avoid
• Sample Resume Format, Sample Response Letter, Sample Inquiry Letter
• Sample Informational Interview Request Letter
• Sample Response to Request for Salary Requirements
• Sample Salary History, Sample References
The battle for jobs is tighter than ever. The Elements of Resume Style can help you make sure your first salvo is as powerful and on-target as possible.
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Table of Contents
Why Sometimes You Can Do Everything Right and Still Get No Invitation to an Interview
• Pay Attention to the Items Within Your Control
• Less Is More
• 12 Things You Can Do Without
1. Common Concerns
Are You Sure of Where You Want to Work?
• Are You Sure of What You Want to Do?
• Résumé Length
• Chronological or Functional Résumé?
• Employment Gaps
• Include Interim Jobs?
• Job Hopping
2. Presentation: The Reader Sees More than Words
• All Caps
3. Even the Simplest Items Send Messages to the Reader
• Your Address
• Your Phone Number
• Your Fax Number
• Your E-Mail Address
4. Sell Your Skills and Experience Always with the Reader in Mind
• Goal vs. Objective
• Executive Summary Section?
• Give Readers a Reason to Believe
• Education or Work Experience Section First?
• Work Experience vs. Professional Experience
• Position Descriptions/Blurbs
• Sentences/Action Statements
• Verbs/Action Words
• Volunteer Experience Section
• Education Section
• Inventions, Published Works, Seminars Section
• Software Skills Section
• Language Skills Section
• Memberships Section
• References Statement?
• Personal Information Section?
• Artwork, Photos, Decorative Borders, and Line Art
5. Deliver Your Message the Right Way to the Right Places
Sending Your Résumé
• Job/Career Fairs and Reverse Job/Career Fairs
Responding to Blind Ads
6. Cover Letters
Cover Letters in General
• Sample Response Letter
• The Unsung Hero of the Job Search: The Inquiry Letter
• Sample Inquiry Letter
• Informational Interview Request Letter
• Sample Informational Interview Request Letter
7. The Final Three Pre-Interview Items: Salary Requirements,
Salary History, References
Request for Salary Requirements
• Request for Salary History
• Elements of Compensation for Salary History
8. Marketing to Yourself
Conclusion: You're the Carpenter
A. A Special Note to Homemakers
B. A Special Note to Veterans
C. A Special Note to Ex-Offenders
D. A Special Note to People in Recovery
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I work with people who are at different stages of career and job development. This book is an excellent resource for them. I've even purchased a couple of copies to lend to those who have not yet established a reliable income for themselves. Thanks for a great tool!
This book gives some good ideas and guidelines, all in all, I think its a good resource for job hunters. Certainly worth the price.
Reading this book is just like talking to the author. Conversation couldn't be clearer. Questions conjured up are clearly answered in the next sentence or paragraph. This book takes the fear out of resume writing. Read it and see. I recommend this book highly and often.
I never wrote a review before but I used this book (a very fast read, but talks about all the angles), applied the rules, and -- like the reviewer above -- got a response from an employer the day after I e-mailed my resume! I am sorry I didn't get this book before I spent money on other ones that didn't help me. I recommend this book!
Bennett's book provides a clear and concise guide for those in the job market or who just want to be prepared. His advice comes from experience and makes absolute sense. After sprucing up my resume using his advice, I sent it to its first recipient, and received a call the next morning to schedule an interview. No kidding.
I followed the advice in this book and received 3 invitations to interviews within a week of sending out my resume. This book is a keeper!
This book makes unconventional recommendations about resume formatting, and I have received nothing but negative responses to the resume I created using this book's guidelines.