by Giacomo Giammatteo

Verdict: NO MISTAKES RÉSUMÉS remains valuable and it will be eminently helpful to all who read it.

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If you’re looking for a job but dread going through another humorless book on how to write the perfect résumé, Giacomo Giammatteo is your man.

Giammatteo gets right to the point: your résumé should be crisp, full of action verbs, but beware that “two-dollar words should be reduced to fifty-cent ones.” Beware of redundancy, stay away from the personal (best reserved for a face-to-face meeting), and stay away from writing objectives. That may seem odd until you consider the flip side: “Unless [the objective] meets the vision this particular company has for the position, you have potentially screened yourself out.”

Also, “don’t try to be different for the sake of being different. Your résumé should be your foundation—your rock. It needs to be perfect, not fancy.” This is true because a résumé has one purpose: “to support your cover letter and get you an interview.” That’s correct: a résumé doesn’t exist to get you a job; it exists to get you in the door.

Though an otherwise excellent book, it might have been nice to include a page of font samples. Giammatteo even admits that Times New Roman isn’t the prettiest font, so a page of some of other acceptable typefaces would have been helpful. Also, I would like to have seen just a few more examples on spacing and font. Yes, do keep to the general rules that Giammatteo offers, but offering a couple of more stylistic options wouldn’t have been bad.

All that said, for a subject that can be deadly dry in the wrong hands, Giammatteo’s refreshing approach makes this an enjoyable and ideal book to turn to. Curiously, Giammatteo, ever the scrupulous nitpicker, has opted to dispense with accents but, if attaché and café can take accents, why not résumé?

NO MISTAKES RÉSUMÉS remains valuable and it will be eminently helpful to all who read it.

Reviewed by Barry Lyons for IndieReader.

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    Giacomo Giammatteo says:

    Barry: Thanks for the great review. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I agree with your suggestion about font samples. I think I’ll include that with a revised edition in the future. As to resume versus résumé, I struggled over which way to go with that one, but finally opted for plain old resume since it was almost universally accepted and in most dictionaries an acceptable if not equal variant, and it seemed to be preferred by the majority of users. Your point is well taken though, and I think I should have mentioned the variations in the introduction. Thanks again, Giacomo.


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