Real-Resumes for Career Changes

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The book shows actual resumes and cover letters that helped real people change fields. At a time when research shows that most working people have three distinctly different careers, here is a book which reveals the successful techniques involved in changing fields. Real-Resumes for Career Changers is based on the philosophy that an effective career-change resume must "build bridges" to new opportunities. The Table of Contents is designed to show individuals in varying degrees of career change and seeking ...
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Overview

The book shows actual resumes and cover letters that helped real people change fields. At a time when research shows that most working people have three distinctly different careers, here is a book which reveals the successful techniques involved in changing fields. Real-Resumes for Career Changers is based on the philosophy that an effective career-change resume must "build bridges" to new opportunities. The Table of Contents is designed to show individuals in varying degrees of career change and seeking different goals: finding a new career after motherhood, finding a new product to sell or represent, finding a completely different type of work to do, seeking a change but staying in the same industry, changing fields with absolutely no idea what's next, changing fields with a pretty good idea about what's ahead, and changing from self-employment to something totally different. Real-Resumes Series editor Anne McKinney believes strongly that career-change resumes are the most unusual and most creative because they are selling "potential" rather than experience.
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What People Are Saying

C. Guin
"I couldn't figure out how to reduce my resume to one page until I saw the great samples in the Real-Resumes book. Now my resume gets me in the door."
T. Cothran
"The resumes and cover letters in the Real-Resumes books are easy to personalize. I created my own door-opening resume using these samples."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885288172
  • Publisher: Prep Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/1/2000
  • Series: Real Resumes Series
  • Pages: 183
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Art of Changing Careers 1
Part 1 Some Advice About Your Job Hunt 4
Step 1 Planning Your Career Change and Assembling the Right Tools 4
Step 2 Using Your Resume and Cover Letter 6
Step 3 Preparing for Interviews 9
Step 4 Handling the Interview and Negotiating Salary 11
Researching Companies and Locating Employers 13
Part 2 Cover Letters for Career Changers 17
The Anatomy of a Cover Letter 20
Sample Cover Letters for Career Changers 22
Changing Careers from Teaching 23
Changing Careers from government to the academic community 24
Changing Careers from air traffic control to a sales or marketing role 25
Changing Careers with a cover letter that emphasizes financial knowledge 26
Changing Careers from the profit-making sector to the government sector 27
Changing Careers from retail to management in a new industry 28
Changing Careers from managing people to managing finances 29
Changing Careers into the pharmaceutical sales field 30
Changing Careers with the goal of becoming a flight attendant 31
Changing Careers from social services to the academic environment 32
Sixteen Questions Career Changers Ask About Cover Letters 33
Question 1 What is the "direct approach?" 34
Question 2 How do I address a letter to an ad that provides names and addresses? 35
Question 3 What's the best way to answer a "blind ad?" 36
Question 4 How do I respond to a recruiter or headhunter who has approached me? 37
Question 5 How do I apply for internal openings? 38
Question 6 How do I ask for consideration for multiple job openings? 39
Question 7 How do I e-mail or fax my resume and cover letter? 40
Question 8 If I want to "drop a name" in a cover letter, what's the best way? 41
Question 9 If I'm relocating soon, how do I say that? 42
Question 10 If I've recently relocated, what do I say in the cover letter? 43
Question 11 What if I want to reopen a door that I closed previously? 44
Question 12 What if they ask for salary requirements? 45
Question 13 What if they ask for salary history? 46
Question 14 How do I make it clear that I want my approach to be confidential? 47
Question 15 How do I write a follow-up letter after an interview? 48
Question 16 How do I resign--gracefully? 49
Another Letter of Leave Taking 50
Part 3 Real-Resumes for Career Changers 51
Goal: Finding a New Career After Motherhood 52
Full-Time Homemaker to Airline Travel Attendant 54
Full-Time Homemaker to Office Professional 55
Goal: Finding a New Product or Service to Sell, Market, or Represent
Account Sales 57
Agricultural Sales 59
All-Purpose Sales 61
All Purpose Sales 63
Automobile Rental Sales 65
Automobile Rental Sales 67
Automobile Sales 69
Business Equipment Sales 71
Consumer Products Sales 73
Inside Sales 75
Telephone Services Sales 77
Goal: Finding a Completely Different Type of Work to Do
Banking Services to High-Tech 79
Banking Services to Pharmaceutical Sales 81
Banking Sales 83
Business Sales and Management 85
Catering and Dining Services Manager 87
Commercial Products Sales 89
Consumer Products Sales 91
Environmental Professional to Art Gallery Management 93
Fast Food Manager seeks new industry 95
Grocery Store Manager 97
Real Estate Sales 99
Retail Buying to Marketing 101
Sales background Trying to Find "Anything But Sales!" 103
Goal: Seeking a Change But (Probably) Staying in the Same Industry
Cosmetic Sales 105
Financial Services Sales 107
Firearms Sales 109
Food Industry Sales and Purchasing 111
Furniture Sales 113
Industrial Products Sales and Management 115
Goal: "I'm changing fields but I have no idea what I want to do next..."
Background in Sales and Consulting 117
Background in Property Management 119
Retail Manager 121
Retail Store Management 123
Teacher 125
Teaching Background 127
Teaching Background 129
Teaching Background 131
Textile Industry to a New Industry 133
Goal: "I'm changing fields and I have a pretty good idea about what I'd like to do..."
From Blue Collar to White Collar 135
From Bookselling to Office Management 137
From Business Executive to Sports Team Management 139
From Business Management to Medical Sales 141
From Day Care Worker to Franchise Owner 143
From Golf Pro to Manufacturer's Representative 145
From Management to Sales 147
From Military Enlisted Soldier to Civilian Employment 149
From Military Officer to Civilian Public Relations 151
From Paralegal to Airline Stewardess 153
From Probation Services to Private Industry 155
From Restaurant Work to Computer Operations 157
From Teaching to Pharmaceutical Sales 159
From Teaching to Public Relations 161
From Teaching to Social Services 163
Goal: From Self-Employment to Something Totally Different
Cleaning Service General Manager 165
Company President and Sales Manager 167
Entrepreneur and Business Manager 169
Financial Services Manager 171
General Manager, Industrial Supply Business 173
General Manager, Service Business 175
General Manager, Small Business 177
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