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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, t 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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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, t 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!

30 review for The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters That Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I haven't needed to write a resume in decades and wanted to approach the process with updated practices. I found this book in the store and read it on my Kindle. As a sign of how useful I found it, I will share that I have 118 highlighted passages. Hopefully it will lead to a fabulous resume for me. I would love to share them here but I'm confident the author would prefer you buy this book yourself so I'll make a few basics public so that will see the tone/style of the book. If those appeal to yo I haven't needed to write a resume in decades and wanted to approach the process with updated practices. I found this book in the store and read it on my Kindle. As a sign of how useful I found it, I will share that I have 118 highlighted passages. Hopefully it will lead to a fabulous resume for me. I would love to share them here but I'm confident the author would prefer you buy this book yourself so I'll make a few basics public so that will see the tone/style of the book. If those appeal to you, check out the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ravitej

    Must read. Concise and practical, Scott covers all the aspects for successful job hit with well crafted examples. Must read for ever one entering and navigating the world of jobs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    Pretty much sums it up = tips and tricks for a better resume and cover letter.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A

    Very basic, straightforward guide on writing resumes and cover letters. Much of the info can be gleaned from various sources online, but I did find the suggestions of words to avoid and how to approach a cover letter very useful. Bennett's tone throughout is honest and encouraging, just the kind of thing to motivate you in your job search. Definitely motivated me to improve my current resume. However, as the other two reviewers note, some of the advice can be taken with a grain of salt, as it co Very basic, straightforward guide on writing resumes and cover letters. Much of the info can be gleaned from various sources online, but I did find the suggestions of words to avoid and how to approach a cover letter very useful. Bennett's tone throughout is honest and encouraging, just the kind of thing to motivate you in your job search. Definitely motivated me to improve my current resume. However, as the other two reviewers note, some of the advice can be taken with a grain of salt, as it contradicts some other solid, tested advice. For instance, I agree that bullet points can improve readability, it's just overuse of them you need to watch out for. And I'm not sure about his advice against ever using a functional resume (presumably also hybrid format), since elements of the approach do seem to work in the right context. Nonetheless, I w ould still recommend this book, especially to those putting together their first resume or anyone who needs a quick refresher to improve their current resume.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rosanne

    This book really works! I have spent the last 9 years focusing on homeschooling my children. I worked part time jobs to have some extra cash but my kids education came first so the jobs weren't consistent. I recently decided to go back to work full time in my career field and I put my resume out there. It was a functional resume so my job history looked spotty. I wasn't getting positive responses, a lot of rejections or no responses at all. Then I read this book. I applied many of the suggestion This book really works! I have spent the last 9 years focusing on homeschooling my children. I worked part time jobs to have some extra cash but my kids education came first so the jobs weren't consistent. I recently decided to go back to work full time in my career field and I put my resume out there. It was a functional resume so my job history looked spotty. I wasn't getting positive responses, a lot of rejections or no responses at all. Then I read this book. I applied many of the suggestions and things turned around. I applied to 10 places the first week after updating my resume and 4 places responded moving me forward to the next step. It is an amazing feeling! I really suggest it for anyone looking for work!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Turk2010

    I did enjoy reading this book however I agree that some of the advise you have to take with a grain of salt .......not all hiring managers agree with his style. When it comes to getting the interview and the job you have to do your own research and market the style that will get you there.....especially in a digitalized world.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shawn

    Extremely informative with points essential for writing and understanding the employers views of resumes. It allows you to put yourself in the employer's and interviewers place, and to view the resume concept with critical critiquing. Extremely informative with points essential for writing and understanding the employers views of resumes. It allows you to put yourself in the employer's and interviewers place, and to view the resume concept with critical critiquing.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I think this is the only "feel-good" resume writing guide I've ever read. That said, his advice about not using bullets is mostly wrong. Yes it does save space but it also makes things less scannable, making it more likely that your resume would end up in the reject pile. I think this is the only "feel-good" resume writing guide I've ever read. That said, his advice about not using bullets is mostly wrong. Yes it does save space but it also makes things less scannable, making it more likely that your resume would end up in the reject pile.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Drew Sullivan

    Excellent! Well-written and clear, this book offers practical advice on resumes and cover letters. It in the style of Strunk and White; the quality and brevity of the material make this a resource I'll recommend for years to come. Excellent! Well-written and clear, this book offers practical advice on resumes and cover letters. It in the style of Strunk and White; the quality and brevity of the material make this a resource I'll recommend for years to come.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    The advice on cover letters and résumé content is great. But his advice on style is terrible. His sample résumés are ugly. Don't use them as a guide. The advice on cover letters and résumé content is great. But his advice on style is terrible. His sample résumés are ugly. Don't use them as a guide.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kasey

    Some very clever ideas about cover letters and the intent of your resume. But if you actually format your resume the way he suggests, it's UGLY. Some very clever ideas about cover letters and the intent of your resume. But if you actually format your resume the way he suggests, it's UGLY.

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