The Elements of Résumé Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Résumés and Cover Letters That Work

The Elements of Résumé Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Résumés and Cover Letters That Work

The Elements of Résumé Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Résumés and Cover Letters That Work

The Elements of Résumé Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Résumés and Cover Letters That Work

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

[Everyone I know has a big 'but.']

PEE-WEE HERMAN, [PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE]

If you break into a cold sweat, get woozy, or just feel a little uneasy when you think about writing your résumé, then rest assured: (1) you are not alone, and (2) there is hope. Here are common concerns and guidance on each.

Are You Sure of Where You Want to Work?

Many candidates for whom the answer to this question is [no] will mistakenly send responses, inquiries, and résumés scattershot, with no clear plan. Such mailings are a waste of time because employers can detect mass mailings, broadcast faxes, and junk e-mail (spam) just as easily as the rest of us can.

You will receive few or no responses even with an error-free, clear résumé if you send it to the wrong places. Sending an otherwise excellent but poorly targeted résumé is like sending an expensive box of handmade chocolates to people with diabetes who cannot eat sweets. Effective targeting increases the response rate.

Identify and evaluate targets before you send your résumé. Ideas . . .

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