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The Resume Makeover: 50 Common Problems with Your Resume and Cover Letter - and How to Fix Them / Edition 1
     

The Resume Makeover: 50 Common Problems with Your Resume and Cover Letter - and How to Fix Them / Edition 1

by John Marcus, John Marcus
 

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ISBN-10: 0071410570

ISBN-13: 9780071410571

Pub. Date: 04/22/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

Clear, quick, effective solutions to the 50 most common resume problems

"No matter how much you think you know about writing resumes, you'll learn something new. I'd recommend this book to anyone conducting or anticipating a job search."—Laura Lorber, Managing Editor, CareerJournal.com

In this solution-oriented guide, bestselling careers author John J.

Overview

Clear, quick, effective solutions to the 50 most common resume problems

"No matter how much you think you know about writing resumes, you'll learn something new. I'd recommend this book to anyone conducting or anticipating a job search."—Laura Lorber, Managing Editor, CareerJournal.com

In this solution-oriented guide, bestselling careers author John J. Marcus zeros in on the 50 most common resume writing problems and offers easy-to-perform fixes for each.

Among other crucial lessons, readers learn how to identify and deal effectively with job history problems, skill-set deficiencies, poor visual presentation, and formatting problems.

A compelling feature that distinguishes The Resume Makeover from all the competition is its unique quick-reference, "Before & After" format. Each chapter focuses on one common problem and offers a proven solution, along with before-and-after documents illustrating how a few simple changes can significantly improve a resume.

In addition, readers learn:

  • How to write a resume in half the usual time
  • Strategies for changing careers or reentering the workforce
  • Key words and phrases to include
  • How to write high-impact cover letters
  • The five areas in which all recruiters and employers grade resumes, and how to ace each one

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071410571
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
04/22/2003
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
959,079
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacev
Acknowledgmentsvi
Part IWriting Your Resume and Cover Letters
1What This Book Is All About3
2Creating Your Resume7
The Experience Section10
The Education Section17
The Secondary Sections20
The Introductory Section25
Resume Mechanics41
3Writing High-Impact Cover Letters55
Part IIFixing the 50 Common Problems in Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
Problems with Presenting Work Experience in Resumes79
1.Omitting an Introductory Section80
2.Writing Too Lengthy an Introductory Section82
3.Using a Typical Introductory Section84
4.Stating Responsibilities, Not Accomplishments86
5.Stating Accomplishments Only in General Terms88
6.Placing Most Important Accomplishments at End of Discussion of Experiences90
7.Presenting Work Experience in Chronological Order92
8.Providing Only Job Titles, with No Discussion of Activities94
9.Providing Only Job Functions, with No Discussion of Activities96
10.Offering Too Much Information on Employers, Responsibilities, and Activities Performed98
11.Providing a Narrative Discussion That Summarizes an Entire Career100
12.A History of Job Hopping102
13.Numerous Periods of Unemployment104
14.Stating Reasons for Each Job Change106
15.Being Close to or Past Retirement Age108
16.A History of Unrelated Positions112
17.Lacking the Experience a Position Traditionally Requires114
18.Required Experience Appears in an Early Job116
19.Recent Decreases in Responsibility118
20.The Resume Contains an Embarrassing Position120
21.Dividing Key Accomplishments between Resume and Cover Letter122
Problems with Clarity and Word Choice in Resumes127
22.Failure to Discuss Accomplishments in Statements Beginning with Action Verbs128
23.Word Repetition, Especially in Beginning Statements130
24.Using "I" and "My," Especially to Begin Statements132
25.Beginning Statements in an Inconsistent Way134
26.Continuous Use of Cliches and Buzz Words in Introductory Section136
27.Using Unclear, Confusing, or Generally Poor Language138
28.Making Rambling Statements Versus Crisp, Concise Ones140
Problems with Composition/Appearance/Formatting in Resumes143
29.Four or More Pages in Length144
30.Insufficient White Space150
31.Lacking Bold Type to Highlight Key Parts of the Resume152
32.Excessive Use of Bold Type154
33.Using a Fancy Font156
34.Using Multiple Fonts158
35.Using Extra Large Type160
36.Using Too Small Type162
37.Writing a One-Page Accomplishments-Focused Resume164
38.Experience Presented in Paragraph Form and Without Bullets166
39.Utilizing a Two-Column, Multiple-Font Format168
40.Utilizing the Functional Format170
41.Utilizing the Accomplishments Format174
42.Placing a Border on a Resume178
Cover Letter Problems181
43.Writing Too Brief a Letter182
44.Omitting Accomplishments and Stating Only Responsibilities184
45.Writing a Letter Devoid of Enthusiasm186
46.Beginning a Letter with Philosophical, Global Statements188
47.Providing a Career Summary in Chronological Order190
48.Offering a Narrative Presentation with Excessive Use of "I" and "My"192
49.Focusing on Personal Needs, Not on Value Being Offered194
50.Writing a Two-Page Letter196
Index199

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