The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters that Work

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"It's amazing the myths one can find in some resume books. Scott Bennett has hired hundreds of people in a variety of industries, and he knows firsthand what kinds of resumes 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; and write cover letters that stand out - and learn the untapped power of the inquiry letter. This 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."

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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.

Review:

"""At Kinko’s, we print more resumes than any other firm in the world. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly in resumes. I highly recommend Scott Bennett’s book for anyone wishing to create the winning resume.""

-- Gary M. Kusin, President, CEO, and Director, Kinko’s Inc.

""Reading this compact volume is like getting inside the mind of a hiring manager. It should be required reading for every job applicant.""

-- Pat Precin, Managing Director, Pathways to Housing

""Absolutely outstanding. A marvelous piece of work. This book delivers what it says it will and then some. No job seeker or career changer should be without it.""

-- JOHN J. KENNEDY, ED.D., CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

""Scott has managed the near-impossible -- covering the subject from AA to ZZ. For the serious résumé writer, the sections ""Request for Salary Requirements"" and ""Marketing to Yourself"" alone are worth fifty times the cost of this tightly written manual.""

-- HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS, DIRECT RESPONSE WRITER/CONSULTANT/LECTURER, AND AUTHOR OF DOZENS OF CLASSIC BOOKS ON COPY WRITING AND ADVERTISING

""Scott Bennett presents the art and science of résumé and cover letter writing in a clear, comprehensive package that will serve as a useful tool for employment seekers. I recommend his guide to all seekers and outplacement professionals.""

-- BARRY NEWMARK, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES, BROOKLYN BUREAU OF COMMUNITY SERVICE

""It’s rare to find professional wisdom and practical sense in the same book. Scott Bennett delivers both. As someone with years of experience in helping both students jump start their careers and executives choose the right applicant, I know his words can make a genuine difference at whatever step of the career ladder to which you’re hoping to move.""

-- DR. STEVE BURGHARDT, PROFESSOR, ORGANIZATION & PLANNING, HUNTER COLLEGE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK; AND VICE-PRESIDENT, RESEARCH & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, LEADERSHIP TRANSFORMATION GROUP, LLC

""The Elements of Résumé Style provides a clear, well-marked path to construction of effective résumés and cover letters. It is a quick and easy read; the language and style make it inviting, and it is chock full of information essential to every level of job seeker. Usually these books are rough going and boring, but this one is supportive and fun. Young people in our Independent Living /Life Skills Program will be encouraged to use this wonderful resource as they enter the world of work.""

-- CAROL M. ALTOMARE, CSW, DIRECTOR, INDEPENDENT LIVING/LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM, JEWISH CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION

""The author presents the information in such a clear, concise, well organized way. I felt like an experienced friend was helping me through tricky territory in a very candid, yet patient and kind way.""

-- NINA JAFFE, RECENT CAREER CHANGER, VERMONT

""Bennett’s writing is succinct; it’s a pleasure to read. His book is a delightful mix of useful, pointed, and timely content. Great help overcoming internal demons as well as external barriers. Bravo!""

-- BARBARA WOOD, PH.D., VP FOR PATHMAKER SERVICES, GREYSTON FOUNDATION

""The Elements of Résumé Style is a useful addition to the literature on the art of résumé writing. It contains very detailed, specific wording recommendations not found in other books on this subject. I highly recommend it.""

-- ROBERT W. BLY, COPYWRITER/CONSULTANT/SEMINAR LEADER,

AND AUTHOR OF MORE THAN 50 BOOKS ON MARKETING, DIRECT MAIL, WRITING, AND BUSINESS COMMUNICATION"

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