Best In Books: September

by Roberta

This month’s book review of Step-by-Step Resumes is by local career and employment consultant Samantha Schellenberg. This resume book is one of the few that includes a CD Rom with a variety of templates, has been revised and updated, and is available to borrow from the Calgary Public Library.


What does Step-by-Step Resumes – 2nd Edition offer that is truly unique among resume writing books? Multiple-industry relevance. No matter your occupation, industry or job title, thousands of word and phrase options are included to enrich and accelerate your resume writing process. These thorough and robust word lists – often difficult to find in other books – are available at your fingertips. Plan to capitalize on customizable ClipBullets, featured in print and CD Rom, as an additional highlight.

Author Evelyn Salvador takes a holistic approach – and includes everything necessary to write your own professional resume from scratch without the cost of professional advice. Each step in her 10 Step Process is thoroughly outlined and explained. Industry specific samples and questionnaires are included to help identify skills and accomplishments. Templates are provided to jump-start profiles, summaries, cover letters and personal branding features. Format and design guidelines for print and electronic transmission are detailed in a full editing segment.

Do expect, however, to find small type-print on larger pages, which may not be ideal for every reader, along with some minor American-Canadian style discrepancies when compared with other local resources. For example, in Canada, Functional resumes that include a work history section (such as the one included in the book) tend to be referred to as Combination resumes instead. Nonetheless, I would not pass up this resource without considering all it has to offer. Salvador has compiled an excellent tool for Canadian job seekers who are courageous enough to begin the process, step by step.

Samantha Schellenberg, Director, Choice Works Rehabilitation Solutions Ltd.
Alberta Employment & Immigration Career Development Workshop Facilitator, Designer and Presenter.