30-Minute Resume Makeover: Rev up Your Resume in Half an Hour

Overview

Skip the startup stuff and fast-forward to an updated and improved resume - fast! This book plays on the success of Same-Day Resume, which is for people who need to write a resume from scratch. This book is for people who already have a resume and need to update it quickly for a new opportunity.
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Overview

Skip the startup stuff and fast-forward to an updated and improved resume - fast! This book plays on the success of Same-Day Resume, which is for people who need to write a resume from scratch. This book is for people who already have a resume and need to update it quickly for a new opportunity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593575700
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 948,892
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Louise Kursmark is the founder and president of Best Impression Career Services, Inc., a Certified Professional Resume Writer, Certified Job and Career Transition Coach, and Credentialed Career Master. She is a founding member of the Career Management Alliance. Louise is the author of Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads and Sales and Marketing Resumes for $100,000 Careers, and co-author of Cover Letter Magic, Executive's Pocket Guide to ROI Resumes and Job Search, and eight books in the Expert Resume series.
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Table of Contents


About This Book     iii
Resume Diagnosis     1
How Does Your Resume Stack Up?     2
Look at It from the Employer's Perspective     2
"Who are you?"     2
"What can you do for me?"     5
"Do you have the skills I'm looking for?"     6
"Where have you worked before?"     7
"Is your experience relevant to my needs?"     9
"Do you have the right education and credentials?"     10
"What kind of person are you?"     12
"Do I see any 'red flags' in your background?"     13
"Can I easily get in touch with you?"     15
Did You Get All A's?     16
Key Points: Chapter 1     17
Resume Repair: The 30-Minute Resume Makeover     19
Fashion a Strong Framework     20
Organizational Format: Chronological or Functional?     20
Design Considerations: Design for Clarity     26
30-Minute Resume Makeover     27
Start with a Superlative Summary     27
Include Keywords     29
Communicate Your Personal Brand     31
Highlight Your "Wow" Achievements     33
Consider an Objective     35
30-Minute Resume Makeover     36
Emphasize Experience and Accomplishments     37
Write High-Impact Position Descriptions     38
Make Powerful Achievements the Focal Point     40
30-Minute Resume Makeover     44
Enhance with Education and "Extras"     44
Presenting Your Education     44
Adding the "Extras"     46
30-Minute Resume Makeover     48
Proofread and Polish to Perfection     49
Key Points: Chapter 2     49
Proofread and Polish to Perfection     51
Review Your Content     51
Design (or Redesign) Your Document     52
Red Flag Review     53
Get a Second Opinion     54
Finalize Your Document     54
Convert Your Resume to Text Format     55
Makeover Complete...Now What?     58
Key Points: Chapter 3     58
Before-and-After Resume Transformations     59
Patrick J. Kelly     59
The Situation     59
The "Before" Version     60
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     60
Daniela R. Venise     64
The Situation     64
The "Before" Version      64
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     64
James Michael Bridges     68
The Situation     68
The "Before" Version     68
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     68
Barbara Jenner     72
The Situation     72
The "Before" Version     72
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     72
Paula Atkins     78
The Situation     78
The "Before" Version     78
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     78
Jessica Jones     84
The Situation     84
The "Before" Version     84
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     84
Maria Rivera     88
The Situation     88
The "Before" Version     88
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     88
Felicia A. Garrison     94
The Situation     94
The "Before" Version     94
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     94
Robert Smiley     101
The Situation      101
The "Before" Version     101
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     101
Beth Larson     107
The Situation     107
The "Before" Version     107
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     107
Ronald Woolworth     110
The Situation     110
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     110
Ariel Nivens     116
The Situation     116
The "Before" Version     116
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     116
John Acker     120
The Situation     120
The "Before" Version     120
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     120
Mayela Smith     129
The Situation     129
The "Before" Version     129
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     129
Hazel Reyes     132
The Situation     132
The "Before" Version     132
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     132
Mark Stanford     137
The Situation     137
The "Before" Version     137
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     137
Tabitha Harris     146
The Situation     146
The "Before" Version     146
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     146
Derek D'Angelo     154
The Situation     154
The "Before" Version     154
The "After" Version-Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies     154
Key Points: Chapter 4     160
Create a Killer Cover Letter     161
Cover Letter Basics     161
Transmission Guidelines     162
Tone, Style, and Content Guidelines     162
Three Steps to a Great Cover Letter     162
State Why You're Writing     162
Share Information Relevant to the Reader's Needs     164
Close with an Action Statement     168
Key Points: Chapter 5     178
Find a Job Fast     179
Networking Is King!     179
Internet Job Boards Are Jumping!     181
Newspapers Aren't Passe!     182
Recruiters Rock!     182
Direct Application Is Dandy!      183
Diversify Your Activities     184
Key Points: Chapter 6     185
Resume Development Worksheet     187
Index     193
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