Resumes for the Rest of Us: Secrets from the Pros for Job Seekers with Unconventional Career Paths

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In today's job market, few people have traditional or conventional career paths. Research shows that the average worker will change jobs every two or three years, and will have three significant career changes during the course of his or her working life. Personal situations can complicate the mix.

Here's a book that tackles head-on those resume-writing challenges that may seem like insurmountable obstacles to job seekers with non-traditional ...

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Resumes for the Rest of Us: Secrets from the Pros for Job Seekers with Unconventional Career Paths

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Overview

In today's job market, few people have traditional or conventional career paths. Research shows that the average worker will change jobs every two or three years, and will have three significant career changes during the course of his or her working life. Personal situations can complicate the mix.

Here's a book that tackles head-on those resume-writing challenges that may seem like insurmountable obstacles to job seekers with non-traditional backgrounds. In Resumes for the Rest of Us, veteran resume writer Arnold Boldt shares his professional knowledge and experience to help you prepare a resume that will effectively and positively capture the attention of your targeted employers—even if you have an unconventional work history.

Opening with a complete and easy-to-understand review of the resume-writing process, the first four chapters cover:• Organizing your personal information.
• Developing a winning strategy for your resume.
• Writing and designing the resume to target specific audiences.
• Ensuring your resume is compatible with today's technology.
Beginning with Chapter Five, specific and proven advice is offered to job seekers in a broad array of categories, such as:• Return-to-work moms.
• People with gaps in their work histories.
• "Blue collar" workers.
• Young-at-heart retirees pursuing new careers.
• Ex-offenders.
• Recent immigrants.
• The formerly self-employed.
• Career changers.
• Managers without college degrees.
• Ex-military personnel.
• Personal assistants, nannies, and other domestic workers.

Sample resumes prepared byleading resume-writers and career consultants illustrate how to address problem areas and make your resume shine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564149831
  • Publisher: Career Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Arnold Boldt has written resumes for and consulted job seekers for more than a decade, and has worked with candidates at all levels, from production workers to top-level executives. Co-author of No-Nonsense Resumes and No-Nonsense Cover Letters, Boldt is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Job & Career Transition Coach. His work has been featured in 35 books on resume and cover letter writing. He is a four-time TORI (Toast Of the Resume Industry) Awards nominee in the categories of Best Creative Resume (twice), Best Return-to-Work Resume, and Best Cover Letter. He makes his home in suburban Rochester, New York, where he is managing partner of Arnold-Smith Associates, a career transition consulting firm.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     9
The Right Stuff-Gathering the Correct Information     11
Determining Your Objective: Who Are You and What Do You Really Want?     12
Mining for Job Seekers' Gold: Research, Research, Research     18
Developing a "Write" Strategy     21
5 Keys to Building a Successful Resume     21
Expressing Forward     22
Demonstrate! Illustrate! (Don't Merely Narrate!)     26
Keywords     28
Building Your Resume-The Key Components     31
Contact Information     31
Summary or Profile     34
Work History     40
Educational Background     50
Training, Technical Proficiencies, and Other Qualifications     51
Honors, Awards, and Special Recognition     53
Formatting and Design     53
Preparing Your Resume for Cyberspace     57
E-resumes, the Wave of the Future     58
Resumes for Parents Returning to Work     71
Resumes for People With Gaps in Their Work History     83
Resumes for Skilled Trades People, Technicians, and Factory Workers     97
Resumes for Retirees     109
Resumes for Ex-offenders     121
Resumes for RecentImmigrants     133
Resumes for Self-employed Workers     149
Resumes for Career Changers     161
Resumes for Managers Without College Degrees     173
Resumes for Members of the Military Transitioning to Civilian Careers     187
Resumes for Personal Assistants and Domestic Workers     203
Resume Writing Worksheet     217
Keywords-Keying in on Your Strengths     219
List of Contributors     221
Index     227
About the Author     233
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