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The Elements of Resume Style, 2nd Edition by Scott Bennett

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Common Concerns

Everyone I know has a big “but.”

—Pee-Wee Herman, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”

If you break into a cold sweat, get woozy, or just feel a little uneasy when you think about writing your résumé, then rest assured: (1) You are not alone, and (2) there is hope. Here are common concerns and guidance on each.

ARE YOU SURE OF WHERE YOU WANT TO WORK?

Many candidates for whom the answer to this question is “no” will mistakenly send responses, inquiries, and résumés scattershot, with no clear plan. Such mailings are a waste of time because employers can detect mass mailings (junk mail), broadcast faxes (junk faxes), and junk e-mail (spam) just as easily as the rest of us can.

You will receive few or no responses even with an error-free, ...

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