It's amazing the misinformation found in most resume books! Scott Bennett has hired hundreds of people in a variety of industries, and he knows firsthand what kind of resume sparks an employer's interest--and which ones fail. In "The Elements of Resume Style," he warns against popular "tricks" that tend to backfire--and instead shows readers how to craft clear, compelling, targeted resumes and cover letters that actually work. In this new edition, readers see that whether it's on paper or online, the rules are the same: use clear, dynamic language--and keep it short and focused. Now covering social media, the online application process, and more, this indispensable guide provides: More than 1,400 action words, statements, and position descriptions that help sell your skills and experience - Hundreds of words, phrases, and vague claims to avoid - Advice for handling employment gaps, job-hopping, and requests for salary history and requirements - Sample resumes, response letter, inquiry letter, informational interview request letter, references, and more - Surprising tips for acing the interview Competition is intense no matter what your field, but this candid book's time-tested tools will make you stand out--and help get you the job you deserve!
Table of Contents:
Preface to the Second Edition -- Introduction: Writers Make Choices -- Why Sometimes You Can Do Everything Right and Still Get No Invitation to an Interview -- Pay Attention to Items Within Your Control -- Less Is More -- Twelve 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? -- Move Beyond Your Dreamkillers -- REsumE Length -- Chronological or Functional REsumE? -- Employment Gaps -- Include Interim Jobs? -- Self-Employment -- Job Hopping -- What About Social Media? -- 2. Presentation: The Reader Sees More Than Words -- Paper -- Ink -- Margins -- Spacing -- Font -- Boldface -- Italics -- All Caps -- Underlining -- Save As ... -- 3. Even the Simplest Items Send Messages to the Reader -- Your Name -- Your Address -- Your Phone Number -- Your Fax Number -- Your E-Mail Address -- Your E-Mail Signature -- 4. Sell Your Skills and Experience-Always With the Reader in Mind -- Goal Section? -- 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 REsumE -- Job/Career Fairs and Reverse Job/Career Fairs -- Responding to Blind Ads -- Thinking Outside the Cubicle -- 6. Cover Letters --...