Reviews

“Just in time for the Great Recession comes this savvy insider’s guide to writing a standout resume.
As head of a staffing and recruiting firm, Wood has seen thousands of bad resumes, which tend to be variations on “a list of what the writer has done, followed by a catalog of unsupported superlatives.” These bound-for-the-recycling-bin efforts leave out the most important information—namely, a compelling case that a prospective employer will reap efficiency, revenue and profits by hiring the applicant (i.e.; “what’s in it for them”). Wood’s solution is what he calls “Passion Statements,” a heavy-breathing term for straightforward, snappy presentations of past accomplishments and the benefits, in dollars and cents, that employers gained from them. He illustrates the concept with lots of sample Passion Statements and resumes, covering a raft of hypothetical job-seekers, from dewy college grads to veteran sales reps, grizzled accounting executives and even volunteers. If passionately adding value to the boss’ bottom line is the great theme of a successful resume, Wood also helps readers tighten up the basic nuts and bolts. He shows us how to insert keywords that will bring a resume to the attention of a computerized search, how to gloss over blemishes (employment gaps look better than a string of short-term jobs that look like rapid firings) and how to navigate the legal strictures of human resources departments (they will automatically shred any resume that even hints at the applicant’s ethnicity, religion or age for fear of employment-discrimination lawsuits, says Wood). His tips are eye-opening and even contrarian, but always eminently practical: Two-page resumes are OK, but “Objectives” statements and salary histories are not, and if you must add a cover letter, “try not to start your sentences with ‘I.’ ” Wood’s no-nonsense advice and lucid, plain-spoken style will give readers the tools and confidence they need to get cracking on a more effective job search.
A useful and reassuring how-to manual.”

Kirkus Discoveries




Five Stars out of Five

“David Wood’s Best Resume Book is a mere ninety-one pages, but what it lacks in bulk it makes up for in useful content. The author, who has headed his own staffing and recruiting firm for forty-three years, covers all the basics of Resume Writing. The topics he addresses include, for example, who needs a resume, whether or not to use a Resume Writing service, resume formats and content, and whether or not to use cover letters.
Wood also includes a section for the recent college graduate, with advice that will be especially useful in current economic conditions.
What Wood doesn’t include is a lot of fluff. He gets right to the point, writing in a simple style and offering counsel based on his experience. When he explains what makes a winning resume, his insights are particularly helpful. For example, the author says the single most important aspect of a resume is to demonstrate passion. Wood says, “Less than 10 percent of all resumes paint a clear picture of how the potential employer will benefit from hiring the resume writer…The prospective employer wants to know if you will have passion for your job.”
Wood also explodes a number of resume myths. He says, for example, that many people advise job seekers to keep a resume to one page. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” writes the author, explaining that one page is fine, but two pages is acceptable if that’s what it takes to demonstrate “how your past employer benefited from your extra effort.” As for the cover letter myth, Wood suggests not using a cover letter except in a few select situations.
Despite the brevity of the book, Wood manages to include worksheets so the reader can improve his or her own resume, as well as sample resumes from a recent college graduate, up-and-coming banker, entry-level office worker, law school student seeking a summer internship, senior executive assistant, financial executive, and pharmaceutical sales representative. The author has wisely used a great diversity of positions, so the reader can get a sense of how resumes differ based on one’s experience and the position being sought. In effect, the samples will act as useful templates for most any job seeker.
It is refreshing to see a business book that is written with a minimum of extraneous material. Wood’s Resume Writing “secrets” are sure to be of value to both novice and experienced job seekers. With the Best Resume Book in hand, a job seeker should dramatically improve his or her chances of getting that resume to the top of the pile.”

Barry Silverstein, ForeWord Reviews

 


 

Dear David;

Your book, Best Resume Book, was a phenomenal read. Your insight proves to be invaluable to readers who don't have an accurate depiction of what the employers are looking for, and what matters most.

Not only did I find your book useful, but I believe my friends and family did as well.

Anthony G.