The Elements of Resume Style

Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters That Work

The Elements of Resume Style

Author: Scott Bennett
Pub Date: July 2005
Print Edition: $9.95
Print ISBN: 9780814472804
Page Count: 144
Format: Paper or Softback

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Overview

The key to creating clear, engaging resumes and cover letters -- and landing a great job!

It's amazing the myths one can find in some résumé books. Scott Bennett has hired hundreds of people in a variety of industries, and he knows firsthand what kinds of résumés spark the interest of employers. In The Elements of Resume Style, Bennett explains why some of the most popular ""tricks"" backfire more often than they work, and offers clear, smart strategies for creating resumes and cover letters that get people jobs. From entry-level to executive, users of this invaluable guide will:

* See their resume from the employer's perspective * Avoid the errors most candidates make * Handle job-hopping, employment gaps, and other touchy subjects honestly and effectively * Write cover letters that stand out -- and learn the untapped power of the inquiry letter

The book features:

* 1,400+ Sample Action Words, Action Statements, and Position Descriptions/Blurbs

* 200+ Vague Claims to Avoid and 500+ More Words and Phrases to Avoid

* Sample Resume Format, Sample Response Letter, Sample Inquiry Letter

* Sample Informational Interview Request Letter

* Sample Response to Request for Salary Requirements

* Sample Salary History, Sample References

The battle for jobs is tighter than ever. The Elements of Resume Style can help you make sure your first salvo is as powerful and on-target as possible.

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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