This is a book about the mechanical aspects of writing a resume. If you have already gone through the most difficult part of a job search, all that background thinking to assemble your marketing program, then this is the book for you.
This is a series of 50 topics mostly focused on language, formatting, and delivery. Those topics are excellent, well covered with a lot of detail. The area where this book falls apart is in the all the preparation to get to those mechanical steps. For those critical steps, the author offers a lot of links back to her business. She also promotes testing services her business offers. I don't mind a certain level of self-promotion; unfortunately this approached the line that the book is an advertisement or enticement to purchase other things. It feels a lot like in app purchases to keep playing the game, or every fifteen minutes a series of commercials. Subtly goes a long ways in sales.
The book could use editing. Where the author talks about proofreading a resume over and over to make sure there are no mistakes, she should have taken the advice with her book. Practicing what you preach is critical to getting buy in. I am also not a huge fan of people that promise to update things in the future; the author leads with that statement. The intention is good, I would rather they simply do the updates and not talk about what they may or may not do in the future.
There is some incredibly useful information in this book. It really hits stride in the middle with examples of words to avoid and use, formatting word documents, how to edit your resume to stand out, and how to be honest about your skills. Those are important parts of a job search, and the core of the author's business. Sadly most people think the work starts and ends there.
Although I hate the Dummy aspect of the titles, I think a better starting point for a job search is Resumes and Interviews for Dummies. Both books do a great job of developing a job marketing plan. This book could be useful when it comes time to actually type and edit the resume.
There are useful parts to this book. It is a good mechanical approach to resumes.
Resumes For Dummies
Job Interviews For Dummies