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The Elements of Resume Style
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"Introduction 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? * Resume Length * Chronological or Functional Resume? * Employment Gaps * Include Interim Jobs? * Self-Employment * Job Hopping 2. Presentation: The Reader Sees More than Words Paper * Ink * Margins * Spacing * Font * Boldface * Italics * All Caps * Underlining 3. Even the Simplest Items Send Messages to the Reader Your Name * 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 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 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 * References 8. Marketing to Yourself Conclusion: You're the Carpenter Appendixes 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 Index About the Author"

About the Author

Scott Bennett has read tens of thousands of resumes, conducted thousands of interviews, and hired and developed hundreds of employees at all levels in small, mid-size, and large organizations. In 1996, he transitioned from his role as President and Chief Operating Officer of Public Service Computer Software, Inc., into career coaching. Individually and in seminars and workshops, he has coached more than 4,000 job seekers from more than 100 countries. After launching the Career Services Office at Baruch College School of Public Affairs in New York City, he developed click4careercoaching.com to provide free information, tools, and resources for active career seekers.

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"It's a quick read and a valuable resource for jobseekers, people in business and general career advancement."

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"No job seeker should be without a book on how to write a compelling resume, and this book is one of the best.""

-"Fort Worth Star Telegram"


"It could mean the difference between the active candidate file and the circular one on the floor."

-Richard Pachter, "Knight Ridder" newspapers


"It could mean the difference between the active candidate file and the circular one on the floor." -Richard Pachter, "Knight Ridder" newspapers


"It's a quick read and a valuable resource for jobseekers, people in business and general career advancement." -JobsandMoney.com

"No job seeker should be without a book on how to write a compelling resume, and this book is one of the best."" -"Fort Worth Star Telegram"


"It's a quick read and a valuable resource for jobseekers, people in business and general career advancement." -JobsandMoney.com

"It could mean the difference between the active candidate file and the circular one on the floor." -Richard Pachter, "Knight Ridder" newspapers


"No job seeker should be without a book on how to write a compelling resume, and this book is one of the best."" -"Fort Worth Star Telegram"


"It's a quick read and a valuable resource for jobseekers, people in business and general career advancement."

-JobsandMoney.com


"It could mean the difference between the active candidate file and the circular one on the floor."

-Richard Pachter, Knight Ridder newspapers


"No job seeker should be without a book on how to write a compelling resume, and this book is one of the best.""

-Fort Worth Star Telegram

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