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

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FIVE

Deliver Your Message the Right Way to the Right Places

Whether, how, when, and where to send your résumé are decisions as important as the decisions you make as you design each element of its content.

SENDING YOUR RÉSUMÉ

Employers often receive résumés so unrelated to the requirements for an available position (and cover letters so devoid of enthusiasm) that they openly wonder why candidates even bothered to send them. This happens a lot.

Sending a résumé—no matter how well written—in response to an unsuitable opening is a common and easily preventable cause for receiving no invitation to interview. Ask yourself:

  Do I meet all or almost all requirements for the position?*

  Am I really interested in the work, hours, and location?

If ...

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