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At last -- a professional resume writer reveals her inside trade secrets for creating phenomenal resumes. No other book explains the nuts and bolts of resume writing so clearly, then illustrates those techniques with Before-and-After resumes.
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Overview

At last -- a professional resume writer reveals her inside trade secrets for creating phenomenal resumes. No other book explains the nuts and bolts of resume writing so clearly, then illustrates those techniques with Before-and-After resumes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563708916
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Resume Primer 1
Tools for the Task 2
The Resume Tool: Asset or Liability? 3
Then Why Write a Resume? 6
And Why This Book? 7
Some Success Stories 7
Your Most Important Tool 44
Chapter 2 How to Use Advertising Strategies to Get an Interview 47
Using Ad Agency Strategies to Get Noticed 48
Step 1 How to Grab Your Reader's Attention 49
Step 2 How to Capture Your Reader's Interest 53
Step 3 How to Create Desire for Your Product--You! 60
Step 4 Call to Action 65
Chapter 3 How to Choose the Most Flattering Format 69
Two Tried-and-True Winning Formats: Chronological and Functional 70
Genetic Variants of the Two Main Resume Types 83
If It Works, It's Right 130
Chapter 4 The Blueprint for a Blockbuster Resume 135
Data Bits, or Contact Info 136
Objective, or Focus Statement 149
Professional Experience 153
Skills 154
Education, Credentials, and Licenses 155
Affiliations 157
Publications, Presentations, or Patents 158
Awards and Honors 159
Bio Bites 159
Endorsements 161
What Not to Include 163
Putting It All Together 164
Chapter 5 How to Write Great Copy 167
Keywords 168
The Objective or Focus Statement 178
The Qualifications Summary 186
Professional Experience 195
Skills 208
Education, Credentials, Licensure 210
Affiliations 215
Publications, Presentations, and Patents 217
Awards and Honors 222
Bio Bites 223
Endorsements 226
Summary 228
Chapter 6 Accomplishments: The Linchpin of a Great Resume 229
What's in It for Me? 230
Words to Woo Employers 234
Strategies for Presenting Accomplishments 243
Where to Find Material for Your Accomplishments 253
Impact-Mining: Probing Questions to Unearth Hidden Treasures 256
Sifting Through the Accomplishments You've Gathered 296
Use Impact Statements to Portray Yourself as the Right Fit 301
Chapter 7 Editing: Resume-Speak 101 303
Development Editing: A Primer in Power Writing 304
Technical Editing/Copyediting: The Mechanics of Resume-Speak 319
Prune, Prune, Prune 355
Proof, Proof, Proof 357
Chapter 8 Visual Artistry: The Missing Link 361
Design Elements 363
Tweaking Tips 407
Chapter 9 E-Resumes 431
ASCII Text Resumes 432
Web Resumes 447
Scannable Resumes 459
Applicant-Tracking Systems: What Happens After You E-Mail or Post Your Resume? 465
Futurist Resumes 467
Chapter 10 Cover Letters and Other Parts of the Puzzle 469
Strategy and Style 470
The Segments of a Cover Letter 479
The Anatomy of the Cover Letter 488
Sticky Wickets 491
Other Types of Letters 494
Other Pieces of the Puzzle 498
Futurist Career Management 508
Appendix A Worksheets to Catalog Professional History 511
Appendix B Survey: What Employers Really Want in a Resume and Cover Letter 523
Resumes 523
Cover Letters 527
Appendix C Action Verbs with Sample Phrases 529
Index 567
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