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Title:
The elements of resume style : essential rules for writing resumes and cover letters that work
Author:
Bennett, Scott, 1962-, author.
ISBN:
9780814433935
Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY AMACOM, American Management Association, [2014]

copyright2014
Physical Description:
xx, 134 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: 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? --

Contents note continued: 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 -- 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 --

Contents note continued: 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 -- 9.Bonus Interview Chapter, By Popular Demand: Scott, My Resume Worked! Now What?! -- 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 -- APPENDICES -- A.More Examples of Effective Position Descriptions/Blurbs -- B.A Special Note to Homemakers -- C.A Special Note to Veterans -- D.A Special Note to Ex-Offenders -- E.A Special Note to People in Recovery.
Abstract:
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!
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