This rather plainly-designed book appealed to me much more than the three-inch-thick tomes that only offer resume or only cover letter examples. (I have to carry this home three quarters of a mile with my other six books, people!)
Authored by Marky Stein of Monster.com, apparently, in 2009 (although I had sworn my version said 2011; not sure if it was updated), this ought to be a fairly relevant source still, although we are several years deeper into the recession.
I have to admit that it confused me. The format is a bit strange, seemingly a book-in-a-book (“Fearless Resumes,” a section, seems to have been previously published). And the advice is… out there. So different from almost ALL other resume books. Is she right? Does she know? Is this really how things are? It’s hard to say. It would be interesting to see a review from the perspective of a recruiter!
Examples: She suggests only sticking to one page if you have literally nothing to say (new grads, etc.). Whereas the traditional wisdom goes that only very-high-level applicants and scientists with lists of publications should have many pages. (I.e. a CV rather than a resume).
She also suggests some salary negotiating strategies that I swear would have people calling security. I am sure projecting confidence is great, but you deciding when to end the interview seems so rude.
I am trying some of the strategies to improve the first impression my resume seems to be making (judging by lack of interview calls), but I am hard pressed to believe that creating a table listing my nine most relevant skills is REALLY the step I need to be taking here. Or putting in an “objective,” when everyone else says “for the love of god, they know what your objective is: this job!”
The most helpful passages were about body language during the interview and about eliciting an emotional response in your reader in the application process. Who am I to say that the resume formatting tips aren’t also terrific.
If you’ve also read this book please leave your own impression in the comments. All the better if you are or have been a hiring manager!