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The Elements of Resume Style


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Preface to the Second Editionxiii

Introduction: Writers Make Choicesxv

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 1

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 13

Paper * Ink * Margins * Spacing * Font * Boldface * Italics * All Caps * Underlining * Save As . . .

3. Even the Simplest Items Send Messages to the Reader 19

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 Mind23

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 Places57

Sending Your Resume * Job/Career Fairs and Reverse Job/Career Fairs * Responding to Blind Ads * Thinking Outside the Cubicle

6. Cover Letters 65

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, References73

Request for Salary Requirements * Request for Salary History * Elements of Compensation for Salary History * References

8. Marketing to Yourself81

9. Bonus Interview Chapter, By Popular Demand: Scott, My Resume Worked! Now What?!83

Physical Prep * Mental Prep * Read Up and Then Meet Up * Are You Ready for Your Close-Up? * After the Interview

Conclusion: You're the Carpenter95


A.More Examples of Effective Position Descriptions/Blurbs99

B.A Special Note to Homemakers117

C.A Special Note to Veterans119

D.A Special Note to Ex-Offenders123

E.A Special Note to People in Recovery127


About the Author135

About the Author

Scott Bennett has reviewed more than 100,000 resumes, conducted thousands of interviews, and hired hundreds of employees in organizations both large and small.


"If you're serious about seeking new employment, the $9.95 will be well spent in helping you craft cover letters and a resume that help you stand out from the crowd... in a good way." --Accounting Today

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