The Resume Makeover: 50 Common Problems with Your Resume and Cover Letter - and How to Fix Them

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How to make yourself look much better "on paper"

While the right resume and cover letter are crucial to getting the kind of job you want, the wrong resume and cover letter will definitely keep you from your dream job. The Resume Makeover's unique problem-solving approach helps you zero in on the critical aspects of these essential job-hunting tools, turning your resume weaknesses into resume strengths.

Renowned career coach and resume writer ...

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The Resume Makeover: 50 Common Problems With Resumes and Cover Letters - and How to Fix Them: 50 Common Problems With Resumes and Cover Letters - and How to Fix Them

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Overview

How to make yourself look much better "on paper"

While the right resume and cover letter are crucial to getting the kind of job you want, the wrong resume and cover letter will definitely keep you from your dream job. The Resume Makeover's unique problem-solving approach helps you zero in on the critical aspects of these essential job-hunting tools, turning your resume weaknesses into resume strengths.

Renowned career coach and resume writer John Marcus identifies 50 common resume problems and shows you how to solve each one. You'll learn how to overcome such problems as gaps in your employment history, frequent job hopping, and deficiencies in your skill set. You'll also discover how to maximize your resume's visual impact and describe your work experience in crisp, powerful language. Marcus shows you how to:

  • Make employers want to read your resume
  • Choose attention-grabbing key words and phrases
  • Deal with sensitive issues such as age, having been fired, and embarrassing former jobs
  • Present yourself as a valuable asset to employers
  • Create a clear and attractive visual presentation
  • Craft high-impact cover letters that instantly hook employers and recruiters

Complete with stunning before-and-after examples that demonstrate the tremendous value of a few simple changes, The Resume Makeover is your key to removing employment roadblocks and filling your calendar with interview appointments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071410571
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,060,688
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

John J. Marcus consults to many Fortune 500 executives and, recently, a United States ambassador. He has written two career books, including The Complete Job Interview Handbook, plus many articles for the Wall Street Journal's career website and former career newspaper, National Business Employment Weekly.

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Table of Contents

Preface v
Acknowledgments vi
Part I Writing Your Resume and Cover Letters
1 What This Book Is All About 3
2 Creating Your Resume 7
The Experience Section 10
The Education Section 17
The Secondary Sections 20
The Introductory Section 25
Resume Mechanics 41
3 Writing High-Impact Cover Letters 55
Part II Fixing the 50 Common Problems in Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
Problems with Presenting Work Experience in Resumes 79
1. Omitting an Introductory Section 80
2. Writing Too Lengthy an Introductory Section 82
3. Using a Typical Introductory Section 84
4. Stating Responsibilities, Not Accomplishments 86
5. Stating Accomplishments Only in General Terms 88
6. Placing Most Important Accomplishments at End of Discussion of Experiences 90
7. Presenting Work Experience in Chronological Order 92
8. Providing Only Job Titles, with No Discussion of Activities 94
9. Providing Only Job Functions, with No Discussion of Activities 96
10. Offering Too Much Information on Employers, Responsibilities, and Activities Performed 98
11. Providing a Narrative Discussion That Summarizes an Entire Career 100
12. A History of Job Hopping 102
13. Numerous Periods of Unemployment 104
14. Stating Reasons for Each Job Change 106
15. Being Close to or Past Retirement Age 108
16. A History of Unrelated Positions 112
17. Lacking the Experience a Position Traditionally Requires 114
18. Required Experience Appears in an Early Job 116
19. Recent Decreases in Responsibility 118
20. The Resume Contains an Embarrassing Position 120
21. Dividing Key Accomplishments between Resume and Cover Letter 122
Problems with Clarity and Word Choice in Resumes 127
22. Failure to Discuss Accomplishments in Statements Beginning with Action Verbs 128
23. Word Repetition, Especially in Beginning Statements 130
24. Using "I" and "My," Especially to Begin Statements 132
25. Beginning Statements in an Inconsistent Way 134
26. Continuous Use of Cliches and Buzz Words in Introductory Section 136
27. Using Unclear, Confusing, or Generally Poor Language 138
28. Making Rambling Statements Versus Crisp, Concise Ones 140
Problems with Composition/Appearance/Formatting in Resumes 143
29. Four or More Pages in Length 144
30. Insufficient White Space 150
31. Lacking Bold Type to Highlight Key Parts of the Resume 152
32. Excessive Use of Bold Type 154
33. Using a Fancy Font 156
34. Using Multiple Fonts 158
35. Using Extra Large Type 160
36. Using Too Small Type 162
37. Writing a One-Page Accomplishments-Focused Resume 164
38. Experience Presented in Paragraph Form and Without Bullets 166
39. Utilizing a Two-Column, Multiple-Font Format 168
40. Utilizing the Functional Format 170
41. Utilizing the Accomplishments Format 174
42. Placing a Border on a Resume 178
Cover Letter Problems 181
43. Writing Too Brief a Letter 182
44. Omitting Accomplishments and Stating Only Responsibilities 184
45. Writing a Letter Devoid of Enthusiasm 186
46. Beginning a Letter with Philosophical, Global Statements 188
47. Providing a Career Summary in Chronological Order 190
48. Offering a Narrative Presentation with Excessive Use of "I" and "My" 192
49. Focusing on Personal Needs, Not on Value Being Offered 194
50. Writing a Two-Page Letter 196
Index 199
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