The Career Coward's Guide to Resumes: Sensible Strategies for Overcoming Job Search Fears

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Overview

This third book in the Career Coward's series helps readers tackle the Herculean task of assessing their strengths and creating a paper "sales document" about themselves. In her friendly and comforting style, career coach Katy Piortrowski walks readers through all the basic steps of writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes their strengths and experiences without sounding like "bragging".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593573911
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: Career Coward's Guides
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Katy Piotrowski, M.ED., has been a career counselor in private practice in Ft. Collins, Colorado, for 16 years. She has a master's degree in counseling and career development. She is the author of The Career Coward's Guide to Interviewing and The Career Coward's Guide to Changing Careers, and writes the weekly "On the Job" career advice column in the Ft. Collins Coloradoan. She regularly leads job search seminars and webinars. Katy's techniques have successfully motivated thousands of career cowards to take small risks leading to big career payoffs
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Tame the Coward and Write Your Resume!     xvi
Lay the Foundations for a Successful Resume     1
Learn the Basics of Resume-Writing Success     3
How to Set Yourself Up for Resume-Writing Success     4
View Yourself as a "Big-Ticket Item"     5
Factor Key Success Concepts into Your Resume Planning     5
Why It's Worth Doing     7
Career Champ Profile: Karla     8
Core Courage Concept     10
Find Out What Hiring Managers Want in Your Resume     11
How to Give Resume Screeners What They Want     12
The Too-Small Resume     12
The Too-Big Resume     13
The Just-Right Resume     14
Aim for a Resume That's "Just Right" for the Situation     18
Why It's Worth Doing     18
Career Champ Profile: Sam     20
Core Courage Concept     22
Create Your "Master Closet" of Experiences     23
How to Build a Comprehensive Experiences Inventory     24
Collect Any Info Already Available     24
Create a Rough Outline of Your Professional History to Date     25
Add More Details to Your Outline     26
Why It's Worth Doing     28
Career Champ Profile: Jim     28
Core Courage Concept     29
Focus Your Resume for Success     33
How to Focus Your Resume to Achieve Awesome Results     34
Decide on Your First Resume Target     34
Weigh "General" Against "Specific"     35
Use Strategies to Identify the Right Career Target for You     36
Make Your Resume Target Even More Effective by Also Choosing Some Industries     38
Why It's Worth Doing     39
Career Champ Profile: Tami     40
Core Courage Concept     42
Find and Choose Keywords to Strengthen Your Resume     43
How to Build a Dynamite Keyword Block     44
Locate Job Descriptions Relevant to Your Position Target     45
Condense Your Long Keyword List to a Concise Keyword Block     49
Decide How You Want Your Keyword Block Layout to Look     51
Create Your Resume Header and Insert the Keyword Block into Your Resume     54
Why It's Worth Doing     56
Career Champ Profile: Kim     58
Core Courage Concept     58
Prioritize and Select the Most Relevant Parts of Your Background     61
How to Decide Which Parts of Your Background to Include in Your Resume      62
Choose the Most Important "Key Skill Areas" for Your Resume     62
Select Relevant Pieces of Your Background and Experience     65
Create Additional Lists of Evidence for Your Other Key Skill Areas     67
Why It's Worth Doing     68
Career Champ Profile: Bronwyn     68
Core Courage Concept     69
Write and Format Your Resume     73
Scope Out Your Work History Section     75
How to Create Lists of Your Work History Components     76
Consider Options for How to Present Your Information     78
Organize Your Own Work History     84
Why It's Worth Doing     86
Career Champ Profile: Danielle     86
Core Courage Concept     88
Develop a Dynamite Education Section     89
How to Create an Effective Education Section     90
List Details About Your Education and Training     90
Choose the Education Section Format That Best Supports Your Career Goals     92
Select and Present Key Components of Your Education     95
Why It's Worth Doing     97
Career Champ Profile: Peter     97
Core Courage Concept     97
Give Your Resume an "Extra" Boost     101
How to Decide Which (and If) Extras Are Right for You     102
Consider a Range of "Extra" Options     102
View and Consider "Extra" Examples     103
Decide on "Extras" That Are Right for You     106
Why It's Worth Doing     111
Career Champ Profile: Richard     111
Core Courage Concept     114
Choose the Right Resume Format for You     115
How to Choose a Resume Style That Best Supports Your Career Goals     116
Learn a Little About Different Resume Formats     116
Take a Quick Quiz to See Which Format Will Work Best     117
Interpret Your Results and Make Your Decision     118
Why It's Worth Doing     119
Career Champ Profile: Jim     119
Core Courage Concept     122
Create a Compelling Chronological Resume     123
How to Put Together Your Chronological Resume     124
Fill in the Basic Pieces of Your Chronological Resume     124
Expand Your Work Experience Section     126
Add in "Extras" and Other Details     130
Why It's Worth Doing     130
Career Champ Profile: Amanda     131
Core Courage Concept     131
Format a Fantastic Functional Resume      135
How to Build Your Functional Resume     136
Plug in the Resume Pieces You've Already Created     136
Develop Content for Your Key Skill Area Sections     138
Brainstorm Your Expertise Related to Your Key Skill Areas     139
Add in "Extras" and Other Details     142
Why It's Worth Doing     143
Career Champ Profile: Maury     143
Core Courage Concept     145
Produce a Powerful Hybrid or Curriculum Vitae Style Resume     147
How to Build Your Hybrid or Curriculum Vitae Resume     148
Create a Chronological Resume as Your First Step Toward Developing Your Hybrid Resume     148
Add in Functional Resume Elements Where They Make Sense     149
Pull Together the Key Pieces of Your Information for Your Curriculum Vitae     150
Why It's Worth Doing     151
Career Champ Profile: Sallie     151
Core Courage Concept     153
Finalize Your Resume with Effective Formatting Techniques     155
How to Improve the Look of Your Resume     156
Make Effective Font Choices     156
Work Within the Default Margins in Your Word Processing File     158
Choose an Appropriate Resume Length     158
Add Bolding, Underlines, and Italics to Emphasize Information     159
Highlight Your Position Objective Clearly     159
Apply Graphic Elements Effectively     160
Invest in Quality Resume Paper in a Neutral Color     161
Use Photos Cautiously     162
Format Your Resume as "Text Only" When Necessary     162
Why It's Worth Doing     163
Career Champ Profile: Bill     163
Core Courage Concept     163
Create the "Extras" and Get Results     167
Craft Cover Letters That Inspire Interviews     169
How to Create a Strong (Yet Simple) Cover Letter     170
Use the Same Header as You Created for Your Resume     170
Lead with an Effective Salutation     170
Create an Introductory Paragraph That Clearly States Your Career Target     172
Articulate Your Key Strengths Quickly and Effectively     173
Conclude Your Letter and Communicate Your Plan of Action     175
Sign It!     176
P.S.: Use a Postscript to Draw Attention to an Important Aspect of Your Background     176
Keep Your Cover Letter to an Appropriate Length     176
Why It's Worth Doing     177
Career Champ Profile: Megan     178
Core Courage Concept      178
Pull Together a Portfolio of Other Powerful Job Search Documents     181
How to Create an Effective References Listing, Thank-You Note, and Portfolio     182
Collect Contact Information and Create Your References Listing     182
Develop Follow-Up Notes That Communicate "Thank You, and I'm Very Interested!"     184
Develop an Accomplishments Listing or Portfolio to Make Your Resume Even More Effective!     186
Why It's Worth Doing     187
Career Champ Profile: Bryce     188
Core Courage Concept     189
Maximize Your Resume's Results     191
How to Make the Best Use of Your Powerful Resume     192
Customize Your Resume Every Time You Apply to a Job Opening     192
Tap into Your Network to Identify Helpful Contacts in the Hiring Company     193
Submit Both Electronic and Hard Copies of Your Resume     193
Send a Second Submission of Your Resume Two Days Later     194
Play the Field     194
Go Direct     195
Ask for Help     196
Try Again Later     196
Track Your Results     197
View Your Search as a Numbers Game and Put the Odds in Your Favor     197
Why It's Worth Doing     198
Career Champ Profile: Elsa     199
Core Courage Concept     199
Check Out Sample Resumes for Additional Ideas     203
Index     215
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