Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Scott Bennett
“The art of the resume is to briefly and clearly convey compelling proof of one’s expertise and evoke enough enthusiasm from readers to get them to respond,” Scott Bennett writes in the second edition of his book, The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters That Work.
At one hundred and sixty pages, this paperback targets those interested in writing the ideal resume and cover letter. After a preface and introduction, the book contains nine chapters, ending with a one-page conclusion, five appendices, an index, and the author’s biography.
Having reviewed over one hundred thousand resumes, Bennett offers concise and simplistic rules to follow when writing a resume and cover letter that will get attention, hopefully procuring employment. There are shaded boxes of illustrations as well as figures, charts, and lists.
The first five chapters involve writing a well-written resume, offering concerns, presentation, formatting, selling skills and experience, and delivery. Keeping a resume to one page, stating newest to oldest employment information, and not using more than two font sizes, all capitalized words, or underlining are some recommended tips. Pros and cons are mentioned regarding having goal, objective, and executive summary sections. Also discussed are job/career fairs and blind ads.
Only one chapter focuses on writing short cover and inquiry letters. The last three chapters offer advice on salary requirements, salary history, and references as well as marketing yourself and the actual interview.
The appendices cover more samples of employment position descriptions and how homemakers, veterans, ex-offenders, and those in recovery can improve their resumes to be more engaging.
Often reminding the reader, there should be no errors, untruths, or discrepancies in the written works. Helpful charts and lists include twelve things you can do without in a resume, free websites to explore potential employers, descriptive words and phrases to avoid, sentence/action statements, verbs/action words, and putting your best foot forward during an interview. The addition of using social media sites is another avenue to market oneself.
With many examples of complete and to-the-point resumes, readers can quickly learn how to write an effective resume and cover letter that will get results. With many up-to-date models, this book would be helpful for the recent graduate, the housewife entering the business arena, or one making a career change.
Thanks to Bookpleasures, Amacom, and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.