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Same-Day Resume , 2nd Edition

Book Description

This compact guide gives the reader the essential tools to apply for jobs on the fly.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. About This Book
  5. Contents
  6. A Brief Introduction to Using This Book
    1. Of Course, You Can’t Just Read About It...
    2. Why This Is a Short Book
  7. Chapter 1: Quick Tips for Creating and Using a Resume
    1. What Is a Resume?
    2. Some People Say You Don’t Need a Resume
      1. Resumes Aren’t Good Job Search Tools
      2. Some Jobs Don’t Require Resumes
      3. Some Job Search Methods Don’t Require Resumes
      4. Some Resume Experts Call a Resume by Another Name
    3. Some Good Reasons Why You Should Have a Resume
      1. Employers Often Ask for Resumes
      2. Resumes Help Structure Your Communications
      3. If Used Properly, a Resume Can Be an Effective Job Search Tool
    4. Resume Basics
      1. Length
      2. Eliminate Errors
      3. Appearance
      4. Word Processing
      5. Photocopying and Printing
      6. Use Good Paper
      7. Use Action Words and Stress Your Accomplishments
        1. Don’t Be Humble
        2. Make Every Word Count
      8. Write It Yourself
      9. Break Some Rules
      10. The Most Important Rule of All: Do a Basic Resume Today
    5. Types of Resumes
      1. Chronological Resumes
      2. Skills, or Functional, Resumes
      3. Combination and Other Creative Resumes
      4. The Curriculum Vitae and Other Special Formats
    6. “Send Your Resume to Lots of Strangers and, If It Is Good Enough, You Will Get Job Offers” and Other Fairy Tales
  8. Chapter 2: Do a Simple Resume in About an Hour
    1. Chronological Resume Basics
    2. Two Chronological Resume Samples
    3. Writing the Major Sections of a Chronological Resume
      1. Name
      2. Mailing Address
      3. Phone Numbers and E-mail Address
      4. Job Objective
      5. Education and Training
      6. Work and Volunteer History
      7. Previous Job Titles
        1. Previous Employers
        2. Employment Dates
        3. Duties and Accomplishments
      8. Professional Organizations
      9. Recognition and Awards
      10. Personal Information
      11. References
    4. The Final Draft
  9. Chapter 3: Write a Skills Resume in Just a Few Hours
    1. The Skills Resume
    2. A Sample Skills Resume
    3. Writing Your Skills Resume
      1. Job Objective
      2. The Skills Section
        1. The Key Skills List
        2. Prove Your Key Skills with a Story
        3. Edit Your Key Skills Proofs
    4. Tips for Editing Your Draft Resume into Final Form
    5. More Sample Skills Resumes
      1. Darrel Craig’s Resume
      2. Thomas Marrin’s Resume
      3. Peter Neely’s Resume
      4. Andrea Atwood’s Resume
      5. Linda Marsala-Winston’s Resume
      6. Sara Smith’s Resume
  10. Chapter 4: The 15-Minute Cover Letter and Other Job Search Correspondence
    1. Cover Letters
      1. Seven Quick Tips for Writing a Superior Cover Letter
        1. Write to Someone in Particular
        2. Make Absolutely No Errors
        3. Personalize Your Content
        4. Present a Good Appearance
        5. Provide a Friendly Opening
        6. Target Your Skills and Experiences
        7. Close with an Action Statement
      2. Writing Cover Letters to People You Know
        1. Sample Cover Letter: Pre-Interview, for a Specific Job Opening
        2. Sample Cover Letter: Pre-Interview, No Specific Job Opening
        3. Sample Cover Letter: After an Interview
        4. Sample Cover Letter: No Interview Is Scheduled
      3. Writing Cover Letters to People You Don’t Know
        1. Sample Cover Letter: Response to a Want Ad
        2. Sample Cover Letter: Unsolicited Resume Sent to Obtain an Interview
      4. Additional Sample Cover Letters
        1. Sample Cover Letter: No Interview Is Scheduled
    2. The Hardworking JIST Card
      1. Think of a JIST Card as a Very Small Resume
      2. JIST Cards Get Results
      3. How You Can Use Them
      4. JIST Card Paper and Format Tips
      5. Sample JIST Cards
    3. Thank-You Notes
      1. Three Times When You Should Definitely Send Thank-You Notes—and Why
        1. 1. Before an Interview
          1. Sample Thank-You Note 1
        2. 2. After an Interview
          1. Sample Thank-You Note 2
        3. 3. Whenever Anyone Helps You in Your Job Search
          1. Sample Thank-You Note 3
      2. Seven Quick Tips for Writing Thank-You Notes
        1. 1. Use Quality Paper and Envelopes
        2. 2. Handwritten or Typed Is Acceptable
        3. 3. Use a Formal Salutation
        4. 4. Keep the Note Informal and Friendly
        5. 5. Sign It
        6. 6. Send It Right Away
        7. 7. Enclose a JIST Card
  11. Chapter 5: Use Your Resume on the Internet
    1. Adapting Your Resume for Electronic Use
      1. Sample Text-Only Resume, with All Graphics and Formatting Removed
      2. Converting Your Resume to Electronic Format
    2. The Importance of Keywords
      1. Quick Tips for Selecting Keywords to Include in Your Resume
      2. Sample Keyword Resumes
    3. Using the Internet to Go Beyond the Resume
      1. Your Own Blog
      2. Online Career Portfolios
    4. Best Resume Banks and Job Boards
  12. Chapter 6: Write a Better Resume Now
    1. If You Aren’t Good at This, Get Some Help
      1. Professional Resume Writers
      2. Career or Job Search Counselors and Counseling Services
    2. Improve Your Chronological Resume
      1. Add a Job Objective
      2. Emphasize Skills and Accomplishments
      3. Expand Your Education and Training Section
      4. Add New Sections to Highlight Your Strengths
      5. Portfolios and Enclosures
    3. Gather Information and Emphasize Accomplishments, Skills, and Results
    4. More Quick Resume-Writing Tips
      1. As Much as Possible, Write Your Resume Yourself
      2. Don’t Lie or Exaggerate
      3. Never Include a Negative
      4. This Is No Place to Be Humble
      5. Use Short Sentences and Simple Words
      6. If It Doesn’t Support Your Job Objective, Cut It Out
      7. Include Numbers
      8. Emphasize Skills
      9. Highlight Accomplishments and Results
      10. The Importance of Doing Drafts
      11. Edit, Edit, Edit
      12. Get Someone Else to Review Your Resume for Errors
    5. More Tips to Improve Your Resume’s Design and Appearance
      1. Increase Readability with Some Simple Design Principles
      2. Avoid “Packing” Your Resume with Small Print
      3. Use Two Pages at the Most
      4. Use Type Fonts Sparingly
      5. Consider Graphics
      6. Edit Again for Appearance
      7. Select Top-Quality Paper
    6. More Tips on Production and Getting Copies Made
      1. Good-Quality Photocopies and Laser Printer Copies Are Fine
      2. Evaluating and Selecting a Quick Print Shop
      3. How Many Copies to Get
  13. Chapter 7: A Stupendous Collection of Professionally Written and Designed Resumes
    1. How to Use the Sample Resumes in This Section
    2. Resumes for All Types of Jobs
  14. Appendix: How to Contact the Professional Resume Writers Who Contributed to This Book
  15. Index