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