The Complete Book of Resumes: Simple Steps for Writing a Powerful Resume

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Naperville 2005 Softcover 583 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. CAREERS. A professional resume coach has filled this book with information on creating a dynamite resume, ... including the structure and language that will get a prospective employer's immediate attention. (Key Words: Careers, Resume, Business, Job, Work, Karen Schaffer). Read more Show Less

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Overview

Crafting the perfect resume is the first step for job seekers. And these days, employers have tons of different filters to weed out candidates and narrow their hiring pool. The Complete Book of Resumes is packed full of information on crafting a resumes and the kind of structure and language that will get an employer's immediate attention as well as tons of samples for readers to use as a guideline for success.

The Complete Book of Resumes includes information on:

—How to begin if you're starting from scratch
—The profile, or the most important part of your resume
—Work experience, or "What have I been doing all these years?"
—Punching it up—how to make a good resume great
—The career transition resume chapter for brave souls
—You're just starting out
—Big leaps—positioning yourself for jobs above your current level

Including more than 300 resumes, The Complete Book of Resumes is perfect for recent graduates or seasoned candidates with years of experience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402206016
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2005
  • Pages: 583
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Schaffer has helped thousands of people to trust themselves to discover their direction, passion and purpose. She has focused on the specialty of jobs and careers for more than 10 years, having written previous two books on the topic. Karen has been guest expert for a variety of Canadian television programs and talk shows. She has taught and spoken for career professionals and schools, universities and organizations. She has written career articles for The Toronto Star and the National Post. Karen holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and an Honors BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University. She has had her own practice as a Career Consultant for ten years and previous to that ran her own resume practice. For three years she was Partner, Career Management with IQ Partners. She remains associated to IQ Partners, representing their Career Management practice. Karen is now a telephone coach based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her clients come to her with a wide variety of career issues, from finding their true career path to working on a tight and focused resume to help them get the job they want.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 — How to Begin if you're starting from scratch
- What makes a resume exceptional?
- Drafting a resume means starting without the internal editor
- Dealing with resume writing anxiety — fears, blocks, obstacles and the ways to overcome them
- Proper Resume Form or the new "Must Haves" *
- Getting started - how to write your first and second draft

Chapter 2 — The Profile, or the most important _ of your resume
- The first quarter of the resume is the most important of all
- Name and contact information
- Your title — branding yourself in for the reader
- What's your message?
- What are your key qualifications?

Chapter 3 — Work Experience, or "What have I been doing all these years?"
- Ordering and presenting your work experience
- Giving context to the companies you've worked for
- The three key things employers and recruiters want to know
- Responsibilities vs. Accomplishments
- What are Specific, Measurable Results?
- Style and Form
- Knowing what to put in and leave out

Chapter 4 — The Other Things that Make You Interesting
- Skills
- Education & Training
- Volunteer Work
- Personal Interests — why personality is important

Chapter 5 — Punching It Up — How to Make a Good resume Great
- some before and after resumes that show either big changes or small subtle changes and how they make a difference both to the eye and to the reader
- incorporate a discussion about style and layout
- spelling and grammar
- less is more

Chapter 6 — Read This Chapter!! The Major Don'ts and some of the Minors
- Top Three Do Not Dos (Write an Objective, Be a Cliché, Share Too Much)
- Minor Bads to catch before you send it out
- The key to any catch is to have someone else you trust read it before it goes out

Chapter 7 — Q&A — all your tricky questions answered
- covers anything miscellaneous and creates another reference guide
- Should I speak in first or third person? When should I use a functional resume? Is it worth trying to be funny in a resume? Can I have more than one resume? What do recruiters look for? What do HR personnel look for? What happens when a computer scans my resume? What are keywords and are they clichés? What if I can't think of anything good?

Chapter 8 — The Career Transition Resume Chapter for Brave Souls
- the hard truth about career transition and the resume (recruiters are not for you, HR and online applications are difficult)
- shifts in your job search strategy and the purpose of a resume for you
- the positive and negative of the functional resume
- looking for themes and common ground
- draw out the skill over the industry
- creating a new message
- show previous success in other industries

Chapter 9 — You Are Your Own Business (and you want out!)
- specific advice for entrepreneurs and presentation
- You want in - how to write a consultant profile

Chapter 10 — You're Just Starting Out
- Superstars in disguise
- everyone who's starting out has exactly the same question
- the traps recent grads fall into
- the tricks for presenting "no experience"
- shifts in your job search to account for being at the beginning

Chapter 11 — Big Leaps — positioning yourself for jobs above your current level
- Mid-level resume complaints — the most frustrating thing is seeing something you know you can do but you aren't exactly there yet (by title, salary, management etc)
- Ways around the door
- Being direct

Chapter 12 — Being the Leader — Management Style and Grace
- Less is more goes double for you
- Professionalism, class and good looking resumes

Chapter 13 — Index of Resumes
300 resumes comes out to 60 categories with 5 resumes each per category OR
50 categories with 6 resumes each per category if we add a "stinker" resume in as well

50 categories is probably more realistic...I'm afraid of duplication if we get too specific.

Appendix

1) Quick Guide to An Exceptional Resume
2) Writing and Brainstorming Tips
3) The Crucial Questions

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