No Nonsense Resumes/No Nonsense Cover Letters

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No Nonsense Resumes [235 pages, $14.99, Softcover]

No Nonsense Cover Letters [240 pages, $14.99, Softcover] by Wendy S. Enelow and Arnold G. Boldt 2006. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press

Intended Audience(s): A, B, K

Major Headings from the Table of Contents:

No-Nonsense Resumes: Simple Truths About Resume Writing; Simple Truths About Resume Formatting and Design; Simple Truths About Writing Your Resume; Simple Truths About Electronic Resumes; Resumes for each of the following careers: Accounting, Banking, Finance;Administrative and Clerical; Government; Health Care and Social Service; Hospitality and Food Service; Human Resources and Training; Law Enforcement and Legal; Manufacturing and Operations; Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service; Skilled Trades; Teaching and Education; Technology, Science, and Engineering. Resume Writing Worksheet; Professional Keyword List; Contributors

No-Nonsense Cover Letters: Simple Truths About Cover Letters; Simple Truths About Cover Letter Formatting and Design; Simple Truths About Writing Your Cover Letters; Simple Truths About Electronic Cover Letters; Cover Letters for each of the following careers:

Accounting, Banking, and Finance; Administrative and Clerical; Government; Health Care and Social Service; Hospitality and Food Service; Human Resources and Training; Law Enforcement and Legal; Manufacturing and Operations; Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service; Skilled Trades; Teaching and Education; Technology, Science, and Engineering; Cover Letters Writing Worksheet; Professional Keyword List; Contributors.

How Are the Books Most Useful for Their Intended Audience?

Both books provide comprehensive, authoritative advice and suggestions, as well as professionally written examples and work sheets, in a succinct, easily understood format.

The Top Five Things You Learned from Reading this Book:

How to differentiate electronic formatting versions such as email, ASCII text, scannable, and web page.

How to choose the best format for different audiences.

Different techniques for adding impact and readability to resumes and cover letters.

Additional keywords applicable to different career fields.

New writing styles and vocabulary.

At last! Here are two definitive volumes that narrow down to the essentials of writing well-polished, well-positioned, and powerful resumes and cover letters in a no-nonsense way. Authors Wendy Enelow and Arnold Boldt, both recognized authorities in the careers industry, offer job seekers concise, insightful tips and techniques on sensible formats and wording that help draw the attention and appreciation of potential employers. And true to the titles of the two books [books that complement each other nicely], they have done so in a compact, to-the-point fashion that readers at all levels can readily appreciate and understand.

The first book in the set, No-Nonsense Resumes, initially sets forth six simple truths about resume writing that professional resume writers also follow. Using examples and exercises, Enelow and Boldt first explain the importance of writing toward your next job rather than dwelling on the past; of taking the time to identify and showcase your core skills; and of how to strategize and position yourself well for your next position, regardless of your background, education, or experience. They then set forth ways to sell yourself better, explain the importance of key words that distinguish us from others, and finish by offering solid advice on what to include and not to include on your resume.

The second chapter offers useful explanations as to which resume formats and designs are the best for you and your profession. The third chapter outlines just how to write your resume step-by-step, including how to handle age concerns and how to streamline the whole writing process. …