Resume writing is a difficult task. And that of course, goes without saying. Having just helped my wife write a very basic, bare-bones chronological resume; I can definitely attest to that.
It helped that I have some familiarity with writing resumes, but my wife was lost. Writing a resume can test the confidence of many a good folks. My wife is a very together, experienced person. Yet, she was frustated by the question that stumps many people, “where to start?”
I got your back!
I ran across an article that recommended starting with these four books. Okay, why not!
The first book is The Elements of Resume Style: Essential Rules and Eye-Opening Advice for Writing Resumes and Cover Letters that Work, by Scott Bennett.
“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,”
says Gary M. Kusin, President, CEO, and Director, Kinko’s Inc.
The second book is Competency-Based Resumes: How to Bring Your Resume to the Top of the Piles, by Robin Kessler. This book teaches people to write their resumes and prepare for interviews considering the competencies employers are looking for. Pretty good approach it would seem to me.
The third book would be 101 Best Resumes: Endorsed by the Professional Association of Resume Writers, compiled Jay Block. It also goes over networking, salary negotiations, interview prep – good info.
The fourth and last book of choice is Knock ’em Dead Resumes: How to Write a Killer Resume That Gets You Job Interviews, by Martin Yates. Reviews are mixed here. But check it out and judge its value for yourself.
I’ve linked to Amazon as a start point for helping you find these books, and to begin your research. But rather than actually buying anything, head over to your local library instead and see if they have a copy.
Remember you have other resources available. I’ve got resume writing suggestions throughout Landing On Your Feet. Richard Bolles’ Parachute isn’t your standard resume writing book but it does have some suggestions. As does Levinson’s Guerrilla Marketing.
Okay, good luck. I’ll be back with more suggestions…