The Elements of Resume Style

Essential Rules for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters That Work

The Elements of Resume Style

Author: Scott Bennett
Pub Date: September 2014
Print Edition: $9.95
Print ISBN: 9780814433935
Page Count: 160
Format: Paper or Softback
Edition: Second Edition
e-Book ISBN: 9780814433942

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition xiii

Introduction: Writers Make Choices xv

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 * Résumé Length * Chronological or Functional Résumé? * 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

Sell Your Skills and Experience--
Always with the Reader in Mind 23

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

Deliver Your Message the Right Way
to the Right Places 57

Sending Your Résumé * 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

The Final Three Pre-Interview Items: 
Salary Requirements, Salary History, References 73

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

8. Marketing to Yourself 81

Bonus Interview Chapter, By Popular Demand: 
Scott, My Résumé 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 Carpenter 95

Appendices 97

A. More Examples of Effective Position Descriptions/Blurbs 99

B. A Special Note to Homemakers 117

C. A Special Note to Veterans 119

D. A Special Note to Ex-Offenders 123

E. A Special Note to People in Recovery 127

Index 129

About the Author 135

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