Jumpstart Your Online Job Search in a Weekend


If you are in the market for a new job, you know how overwhelming the task may seem. Now you can get all the information you need to simplify the task in just one weekend! Job seekers at all levels will benefit from this book, which includes online job-search methods, e-resumes, great cover letters, and tips for developing a personal marketing strategy.
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If you are in the market for a new job, you know how overwhelming the task may seem. Now you can get all the information you need to simplify the task in just one weekend! Job seekers at all levels will benefit from this book, which includes online job-search methods, e-resumes, great cover letters, and tips for developing a personal marketing strategy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761524526
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: In a Weekend Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.07 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Friday Evening: Getting Started
Understanding the Electronic Job Market
The Beginning: The Birth of Electronic Résumés
The Transition: OCR Technology Catches On
The Present: The World Wide Web as the Driving Force
Developing Your Job Target
Using the Right Keywords = Success
Soft Keywords and Transferable Skills
Take a Break
Researching Your Job Target
Installing Wanted Jobs 2K from the CD-ROM
Conducting a Successful Keyword Search
Fine-Tuning Your Search
Using Alternative Search Tools
Using Newspaper Ads to Diversify Your Search
Conducting Research with The Occupational Outlook Handbook
Gleaning Information and Keyword Trends from Industry Publications
Building the Master Keyword List
Creating a Sample Keyword Extraction List
Creating the Master Keyword List
Creating Your Own Master Keyword List
Using Keywords to Plot Your Course
What's Next?
Saturday Morning: Building a Résumé Foundation
The Art and Science of Résumé Writing
Building Your Candidacy around Keywords
Using the Questionnaire to Create a Résumé Foundation
Accessing the Résumé Questionnaire
Positioning Your Candidacy with a Keyword Summary
Emphasizing Your Best Qualifiers
Building on the Keyword Foundation
Take a Break
Developing Killer Job Descriptions
Repeating Keywords
Using Active Verbs
Transforming Active Verbs into Accomplishments
Incorporating the "Most Wanted" Keywords
Adding Value to Your Educational Training
Optimizing Unpaid Experience
Making Affiliations and Activities Count
Dealing with Résumé Challenges
Solving Common Problems: Quick Makeover Tips
Gaps between Positions
Current Job Title or Company Is off Target
Not Enough Education
The Wrong Education
Too Much Education
What's Next?
Saturday Afternoon: Getting Ahead with Personal Marketing Vehicles
Comparing ASCII and HTML Résumés
HTML, Hyperlink, and Web Résumés
ASCII, Plain Text, and E-Mail Résumés
Comparing Online Résumé Formats
Take a Break
Overview of Career Web Sites
America's Job Bank
Using the Wanted Jobs 2K Software
Submitting Your Résumé to Individual Résumé Banks
Optimizing Exposure with Résumé Blasting Services
Keeping a Low Profile with Targeted E-Mail
Finding More Resources on HotLinks
What's Next?
Saturday Evening: Creating a Value-Added Résumé
Generating Interest by Addressing Employer Needs
Building Your Résumé around Critical Keywords
Adding Pizzazz by Emphasizing Accomplishments
Using Fat-Cutting Strategies to Retain Employers' Interest
Developing Résumé Categories
Primary Categories
Secondary Categories
Breaking the Mold
Contact Information: Don't Break the Mold
First Category: The Keyword Summary
Second Category: Education or Experience?
Other Categories
Take a Break
Fine-Tuning: Devil in the Details
Are Your Writing Skills up to Par?
What to Do If You Can't Write Well
Proofreading Tips and Tricks
Getting a Second Opinion
Résumé Effectiveness Checklist: Is Your Résumé Market-Ready?
What's Next?
Sunday Morning: Creating Your Résumé Format
Creating the ASCII Résumé
Characteristics of ASCII Text
Preparing Your ASCII Text
Tracking Down Extra Spaces
Lining Up Your Contact Information
Adding White Space
Removing Extra Spaces after a Period
Checking for Punctuation Glitches
Following the Step-by-Step Instructions
The Fine Points of ASCII Formatting
Adding Bullets
Using Tabs and Centering
Eliminating the Unscannables
Nixing the ASCII No-Nos
Saving as Plain Text with Line Breaks
Checking and Reviewing Your Work
E-Mailing an ASCII Résumé
Using Your ASCII Résumé
Take a Break
The HTML Résumé: A.K.A. The Web Résumé
Web Résumés and Web Portfolios
Following the Five Universal Rules
Focusing on Critical Information
Ensuring Readability
Projecting the Right Image
Avoiding Clutter and Overkill
Using Graphic Elements
Keeping It Professional—Not Personal
Creating a Web Résumé
If You Need a Web Portfolio
Creating a Paper Version
Step-by-Step Formatting Tips
Making It Fit
What's Next?
Sunday Afternoon: The New Generation of Search Tools
Making Cover Letters Work for You
Why Bother If No One is Going to Read It?
Focusing on Keywords from the "Get-Go"
Using an Appropriate Writing Style
Best Cover Letter Tips
Developing a Prototype Cover Letter
Customizing Your Approach
The Jumpstart Cover Letter Blueprint
Creating Cover Letters in ASCII Format
Raising the Bar: Some Final Tips
Take a Break
The Job Search Organizer
Using Research to Get an Edge
Staying Ahead of the Game (Next Time Around)
Industry Research
Company Research
Employment and Economic Trends
Relocation Research
Plugging Yourself In: Online Networking
Connecting Right: Common Sense Rules
Online Chatting
Message Boards
Mailing Lists
Virtual Job Fairs
What's Next?
Sunday Evening: Launching Your Online Job Search
Keeping Your Job Search under Wraps
Ethical Issues
If You Don't Have E-Mail
If You Don't Have Computer Access
Staying out of Site
Online Communication
Responding to Online Job Postings
Résumé Posting
Résumé Blasting
Removing Indentifiers from Your Résumé
Passive Job Hunting
Using Wanted Jobs 2K as a Launching Pad
Posting Your Résumé to Individual Résumé Banks
Optimizing Exposure with Résumé Blasting
Keeping a Low Profile with Targeted E-Mail
Take a Break
Finessing Your Cover Letter
Cover Letters and Online Job Postings
Cover Letters and Résumé Blasting
Cover Letters and Targeted E-Mail
Cover Letters for Specific Industries
Cover Letters for Recruiters
Cover Letters Targeted by Location
Cover Letters for Particular Companies
Should I Always Send a Cover Letter?
Promoting Your HTML Résumé
Working with Online Career Professionals
Career Coaches
Career Counselors
Assessing Professional Résumé Services
Putting Your Ducks in a Row
What's Next?
Appendix A: Résumé Questionnaire
Appendix B: Active Verbs Inventory
Level I Active Verbs
Level II Active Verbs
Level III Active Verbs
Appendix C: Jumpstart Your Online Job Search Organizer
Appendix D: Helpful Job Search Sites
Career Exploration and Development
Career Information and Advice
Company Research
Diversity Resources
Electronic Résumé & Portfolios
Executive Resources
International Job Search
Interviewing Tips
Job Alert Services
Job Market Information and Trends
Job Search Sites
Job Search Tools and Links
Online Classifieds and Newspapers
Online Recruiters
Part-Time and Temporary Jobs
Professional Résumé Writers
Relocation Assistance
Research Sources
Salary and Benefit Information
Specific Jobs and Industries
Students and Alumni
Virtual Job Fairs
Appendix E: Sample Résumés
Appendix F: What's on the CD?
Running the CD
The Prima License
The Prima User Interface
The Software
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