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

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Common Concerns

[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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