The Resume.Com Guide to Writing Unbeatable Resumes
by Warren Simons and Rose Curtis
McGraw-Hill, 256 pages, $10.36
Resume writing in the digital age reflects many of the stylistic changes that the Internet has ushered in. Now, more than ever, professionals must grab a reader's attention, effectively use numbers and statistics, and condense information into bullets. Keywords have become critical components of resumes looking to pull past the competition and get noticed. Whether you are entering the workforce for the first time, re-entering or switching fields, The Resume.Com Guide hammers home a current reality. Hiring managers are always on the clock. With their shrinking time to make decisions and the hurried pace to hire, job applicants must address this reality when they compose resumes.
The book begins by offering a behind the scenes look at the process a hiring manger goes through with resumes. "Most resumes will be reviewed for only 10 seconds before being eliminated," write Simons and Curtis. According to the authors, the 10 or 15 that remain to be further studied must glow. "The most important thing to remember is simply that it's not just the document an employer is reviewing — it's you." Most of The Resume.Com Guide's concepts flow from seven steps to building a great resume that are established early on. These steps are:
1. Use the Right Point of View
2. Use Action Verbs
3. Use a Headline to Hook Hirers
4. Don't Use Articles
5. Use Numbers and Symbols Effectively
6. The Header is the Most Important Part of a Resume
7. Avoid Topics That Can Screen You Out
In the "Use the Right Point of View" section, the authors demonstrate how to strip "I" out of your resume to create a more direct relationship with the employer. Another advantage is that using the silent or implied "I" establishes the job seeker as more of a team player (think of the adage "There is no I in team"). The "Headline" section reminds that a headline is for telling the potential employer what you have to offer the company, not what you want from it.
The authors cover the advantages and weaknesses of different formats including the hybrid of the chronological and functional resume. They include worksheets, checklists, and ample examples of exceptional resumes that job seekers can learn from. The Resume.Com Guide gives special attention to technology and creating resumes that will excel online. It also includes instructions on how to develop a list of references, letters of recommendation, and post interview thank you letters. Job seekers looking for a thorough book that delves into the why's behind the process of resume writing and strategies for applying in specific fields will find great information here.