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An updated and revised edition of one of our top career guides helps employment-seekers put together an attention-grabbing resume that will help land them their dream jobs. Features dozens of sample resume styles, an action plan for a successful job search, and professional advice on creating cover letters, finessing the toughest interview, and writing thank you and follow-up letters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592574636
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Ireland is the owner of a consulting firm specializing in helping job seekers keep pace with the job market. She is the author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Cover Letter and The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Plan to Succeed ..... 1
1: Mapping Your Job Hunt ..... 3
Order! Order! ..... 3
Get a Life ..... 4
Right Resume Timing ..... 7
Good Circulation ..... 8
A Little Help from Your Friends ..... 8
Boss Wanted ..... 8
A Pocketful of Jobs ..... 8
Online Out-Posts ..... 9
The Recruiting Game ..... 9
Fun at the Fair ..... 9
Classified Information ..... 9
The Mass Message ..... 9
Keep Your Chin Up ..... 10
Ducks in a Row ..... 10
Out of the Quicksand ..... 10
Giving Yourself a Pep Talk ..... 12
The Interview Scorecard ..... 13
Big Bucks, Little Bucks ..... 14
2: A Resume for All Reasons ..... 15
Your Personal Road Map ..... 15
Changing Directions ..... 16
Interview Influence ...... 16
Your Brochure ..... 16
Charting Your Course ..... 16
Easy Answers to Tough Questions ..... 16
Write Your Own Recommendation ..... 17
Let the Bargaining Begin ..... 17
Ready, Set, Network! ..... 18
Beat the Business-Card Strategy ..... 18
An Intelligent Network ..... 19
Instant Networking Cards ..... 19
Create the Future ..... 20
Underscore to Win ..... 22
Mini Leads to Maxi ..... 24
Double Your Networking Power ..... 24
3: Winning Resume Wisdom ..... 27
The Commandments ..... 27
Thou Shalt Not Write About Your Past ..... 28
Thou Shalt Not Confess ..... 29
Shooting Yourself in the Foot ..... 29
Get Your Priorities Straight ..... 29
Drop Irrelevant Info ..... 31
Understate Too Much Experience ..... 34
Thou Shalt Not Write Job Descriptions ..... 34
Thou Shalt Not Write About Stuff You Don't Want to Do ..... 36
Thou Shalt Say Less Rather Than More ..... 39
The Eight-Second Test ..... 39
Goody Two-Pages ..... 39
Thou Shalt Not Write in Paragraphs ..... 40
Thou Shalt Not Lie ...... 40
4: Chronologically Speaking ..... 45
Highlighting Your History ..... 45
What It Is ..... 45
When to Use It ..... 47
The Horizontal Slide ..... 47
Vertical Climb ..... 49
A Strong Start ..... 49
Getting Labeled ..... 53
Background Check ..... 53
Conservative Line ..... 53
Get It Together ..... 58
5: Get Functional ..... 59
The Times Are a Changin' ..... 59
What's Your Function? ..... 60
Likely Candidates ..... 62
The Career Changer's Dream ..... 62
Skills Up Front and Center ..... 64
Reentry with Force ..... 64
Long, Long Ago ..... 64
Best Foot Forward ..... 69
Into the Real World ..... 69
Fill in the Gap ..... 72
Decisions, Decisions! ..... 72
Part 2: Six Steps to a Perfect Resume ..... 75
6: Step One: Heading Your Way ..... 77
Look Who's Talking ..... 77
What's in a Name? ..... 79
Giving a Clear Signal ..... 79
Keep 'Em Guessing ..... 80
Showing Off Credentials ..... 80
Home Sweet Home ..... 80
I Got Your Number ..... 82
That's the Fax ..... 82
E-Mail Giveaway ..... 83
Hot URLs ..... 84
Be Careful What You Ask For ..... 85
The Weight of a Job Objective ..... 85
Wording with an Objective ..... 87
Straight as an Arrow ..... 88
Spreading Your Umbrella ..... 88
Breaking the Rules ..... 91
Titles That Talk Big ..... 91
Heading Within a Heading ..... 91
Go for It ..... 94
7: Step Two: Knock 'Em Off Their Feet ..... 97
Right from the Start ..... 97
Say It with Style ..... 99
Keeping Up with the Fast Trackers ..... 101
On the Lines of a Career Changer ..... 101
Go Figure ..... 104
Your Mini-Resume ..... 106
8: Step Three: Been There, Done That ..... 109
Writing History ..... 109
Fight Age Discrimination ..... 110
Putting Your Younger Foot Forward ..... 113
Older Is Better ..... 113
Down and Dirty Formula ..... 114
Unsightly Unemployment Blemishes ..... 114
Years Go Solo ..... 115
Filling in the Gaps ..... 115
Character That Counts ..... 116
The Gapless Resume ..... 117
Promoting Your Promotions ..... 117
Zipping Along ..... 119
Grass Underfoot ..... 121
Straight Up ..... 121
The Happy Job Hopper ..... 124
Go for It ..... 124
9: Step Four: You're an Achiever! ..... 127
Chronologically Clear ..... 127
Functionally Sound ..... 129
Functional Help ..... 129
One Plus One Is Enough ..... 129
Skills for Sale ..... 131
Getting Down to Business ..... 135
Dynamite Achievements ..... 136
Who's Your Audience? ..... 136
Downplay Differences ..... 136
Keep It Relevant ..... 137
First Things First ..... 137
Lights, Camera, Action Verbs! ..... 139
How'd the Other Guys Say It? ..... 144
Brainstorming ..... 145
Warning! Functional Resume Ahead ..... 146
10: Step Five: Education and Extra Credit ..... 149
Finish Lines ..... 149
Education 101 ..... 150
What If? ..... 150
Hot College Degrees ..... 152
Getting Credit for Your Pending Degree ..... 152
Interpreting Degree Equivalents ..... 156
Don't Have a Degree? ..... 156
Yahoo! Just Got My High School Diploma ..... 156
The Not-So-New High School Diploma ..... 160
The Last Word ..... 162
Volunteerism That Pays Off ..... 162
Professional Schmoozer ..... 162
Getting Published ..... 162
Standing Up for Your Award ..... 162
Flaunting Your Computer Skills ..... 162
Making a Hobby of It ..... 163
Anything Missing? ..... 164
On the Line ..... 164
Getting by with Nothing ..... 166
Money Talk ..... 167
Referring to References ..... 167
Forget the Personal Stuff ..... 167
11: Step Six: The Big Production ..... 169
Designer Resumes ..... 169
Fancy Fonts and Practical Print ..... 170
Serif's Up! ..... 170
Simply Serif ..... 171
Does Size Matter? ..... 171
Sharp-Shooting Bullets ..... 172
Shady Bars ..... 172
Spacing Out ..... 174
Resume Reality ..... 176
Mastering Your Resume ..... 178
In the Mood to Reproduce ..... 178
Looking Classy on Paper ..... 178
The Top Ten Checklist ..... 179
Getting It out the Door ..... 179
Stuffing Envelopes ..... 179
Snail Mail ..... 180
Special Delivery ..... 180
Fax Magic ..... 180
E-mail Flash ..... 181
Part 3 : So, You Need a Special Resume ..... 183
12: The Big Winner: An Achievement Resume ..... 185
This Resume Packs a Punch! ..... 185
Asking the Right Question ..... 186
Oooh, You're Going to Look Great! ..... 186
The Perfect One-Pager ..... 188
Quality vs. Quantity ..... 188
Professional Titles Count ..... 191
Be a Celebrity ..... 191
Number One in Sales ..... 191
It's Your Turn to Shine ..... 196
13: A Chronological Hybrid That Adds Up ..... 197
It's Got Structure ..... 197
Are You the Hybrid Type? ..... 199
Climbing Higher ..... 200
Variations on a Theme ..... 200
The Hidden Functional Message ..... 203
Standing Still ..... 203
Putting Words on Paper ..... 203
14: A Functional Hybrid That Makes Sense ..... 209
The Skillful Hybrid ..... 209
Looking the Part ..... 211
Conservative Employer Alert! ..... 211
Red Flags Down ..... 214
Giving Order to Chaos ..... 214
Getting Down to It ..... 217
15: When You Really Are a Brain Surgeon: Curriculum Vitae ..... 219
Curriculum Vitae vs. Resume ..... 219
When More Is More ..... 220
Just the Facts ..... 220
No Objections ..... 221
The Person Behind the Paper Mask ..... 221
Freedom of Format ..... 222
Hanging Out Your Laundry ..... 222
Good Schooling ..... 222
Are You Published? ..... 223
Putting on a Show ..... 223
Joining the Team ..... 224
Hangin' with the Right Folks ..... 224
Forget Anything? ..... 224
High Marks for a University Instructor ..... 225
Create Your CV ..... 225
Part 4: Letters That Work ..... 233
16: You've Got Style ..... 235
Writing with Style ..... 235
Dump the Stilted Stuff ..... 236
Yours Truly ..... 237
Showing Your Gold ..... 237
Confidently Spoken ..... 238
Most Sincerely ..... 238
Your Most Persuasive Voice ..... 239
Looking Smart with Good Grammar ..... 240
Consistency ..... 240
Periods ..... 240
Commas ..... 241
Numbers ..... 241
A Few Good Words ..... 242
Back to the Source ..... 243
17: The Cover Letter Connection ..... 245
The Secret to Success ..... 245
Salary Small Talk ..... 246
The Template of Zoom ..... 246
A Head Start ..... 248
Set the Date and the Place ..... 248
Hello, Hello! ..... 248
Jumping In ..... 248
The Meat of the Matter ..... 249
Getting What You Want ..... 249
Ten-Four ..... 250
By Example ..... 250
Name Dropping ..... 251
Getting Personal ..... 253
Take My Hint, Please! ..... 253
Getting the Hang of It ..... 253
18: Thanks Very Much ..... 257
Think Thanks ..... 257
The Terrific Job Interview ..... 258
Not One to Write Home About ..... 258
Thanks for the Break ..... 260
Thanks a Lot for the Bad News ..... 263
Good-News Letter to the Gang ..... 263
Part 5: The Electronic Job Search ..... 267
19: Getting Hooked on the Internet ..... 269
Joining the Online World ..... 269
The Powerful Gray Box ..... 270
Modern Modems ..... 271
In Search of an ISP ..... 271
Caught in the Web ..... 273
The Online Job Hunt ..... 274
Mastering the Sites ..... 274
Company Insider Scoop ..... 274
Executive Investigation ..... 276
Salary Stats ..... 276
Job Lists Galore ..... 277
20: The ABC's of E-Resumes ..... 279
What Is an Electronic Resume? ..... 279
The E-Resume Appeal ..... 280
Data in the Database ..... 281
The Inner Workings ..... 281
Keyword: Search ..... 282
The E-Creation ..... 283
Electronic Headings ..... 283
Key Placement ..... 284
Years of Completion ..... 285
reaking into the Banks ..... 285
Electronic to Paper ..... 285
21: It's all a Scan: Scannable Resumes ..... 287
Where Did Everyone Go? ..... 287 Get
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