Summary of Don't Send a Resume

And Other Contrarian Rules to Help Land a Great Job

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Don't Send a Resume book summary
It’s not how great you are — it’s how well you are packaged.


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For a book that tells you not to send a resume, the author spends an awful lot of time telling the reader how to write resumes (or "resu-letters") and what to do with them next. Don’t be fooled by the clever title. Jeffrey J. Fox hasn’t banned resumes, he simply wants you to understand how to write versions that will work for you. He explains what to do - and not do - to land a terrific job. In bite-sized chapters that get right to the point (in a book so small you could fit it into a leprechaun’s briefcase), he guides you through job-hunting research, planning and marketing the product of you. Some of what he offers is innovative; some is standard, common-business sense. Even if you only dig out a few gems, getabstract notes that this is a fine place to begin your job search - and a very fine place for job search beginners.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to secure a super job by ditching standard resumes;
  • How to write a capital cover letter and resplendent resume; and
  • How to market yourself during an interview.


Everything everyone has said about how to land a job is simply wrong. Conventional wisdom has it that you’re supposed to write a detailed resume, beginning with your job objective; send it out to as many personnel departments as you can to increase your chances of hitting ...
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About the Author

Jeffrey J. Fox is the best-selling author of How to Become a CEO and How to Become a Rainmaker , as well as the founder of Fox & Co., in Avon, Connecticut. He earned his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. He lives in Connecticut.

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