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The Quick Resume & Cover Letter Book, 5th Edition

Book Description

Teaches job seekers how to quickly master essential steps in the job search process.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. You Don’t Have to Read This Whole Book!
    1. Where the Sample Resumes Come From
  5. Contents
  6. Quick Tips on How to Use This Book
  7. Preface
  8. PART 1: Write and Send a Resume in a Day
    1. CHAPTER 1: Quick Tips for Creating and Using a Resume
      1. What Is a Resume?
      2. Do You Really Need a Resume?
        1. Some People Say You Don’t Need a Resume
        2. Some Good Reasons to Have a Resume
      3. Everyone Thinks They’re a Resume Expert
      4. Resume Basics—for Print and Electronic Formats
        1. Length: Make Every Word Count
        2. Eliminate Errors
        3. Use Action Words and Stress Accomplishments
        4. Write It Yourself
        5. Make It Look Good
          1. Photocopy and Print with Quality
          2. Use Good Paper
        6. Don’t Waste Valuable Time Fretting Over Your Resume
      5. Three Types of Resumes
        1. The Chronological Resume
        2. The Skills, or Functional, Resume
        3. Combination and Creative Resumes
      6. Your Resume Is Only as Good as How You Use It
        1. Resumes Don’t Get Jobs
        2. Tips on the Right Way to Find a Job
    2. CHAPTER 2: Write a Simple Resume in About an Hour
      1. Two Chronological Resume Samples
      2. The Major Sections of a Chronological Resume
        1. Heading
        2. Name
        3. Address
        4. Phone Numbers and E-mail Address
        5. Job Objective or Summary
        6. Education and Training
        7. Work Experience
          1. Previous/Current Job Titles
          2. Previous/Current Employers
          3. Employment Dates
          4. Duties and Accomplishments
        8. Professional Organizations
        9. Recognition and Awards
        10. Personal Information
        11. References
      3. The Final Draft
    3. CHAPTER 3: Write a Skills Resume in Just a Few Hours
      1. What Is a Skills Resume?
      2. A Sample Skills Resume
      3. Writing a Skills Resume
        1. Job Objective
        2. The Skills Section
          1. 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 (and JIST Cards)
        1. A JIST Card and Resume for a Career Changer
        2. A Combination Skills/Chronological Resume (with JIST Card)
        3. Another Combination Resume and JIST Card
        4. A Resume for a Recent High School Graduate
        5. A Combination Resume with Lots of White Space and Brief Copy (and No Dates)
        6. A Two-Page Resume for a Candidate Without Recent Formal Experience
    4. CHAPTER 4: Develop an Electronic Resume in Less Than an Hour
      1. Applying Directly to Employers Online
      2. A Sample Text-Only Resume
      3. Adapting Your Resume for Electronic Use
      4. The Importance of Keywords
        1. Keyword Technology
        2. Quick Tips for Selecting Keywords to Include in Your Resume
      5. Put Your Resume into Online Job Banks
        1. Copy and Paste
        2. The Upload Option
        3. The Build Option
      6. Using the Internet to Go Beyond the Resume
        1. Your Own Blog
        2. Twitter
        3. Online Career Portfolios
  9. PART 2: A More Thorough Approach to Resume Writing and Career Planning
    1. CHAPTER 5: Develop a Powerful New Skills Language
      1. Three Major Types of Skills
        1. Adaptive Skills/Personality Traits
        2. Transferable Skills
        3. Job-Related Skills
      2. Identify Your Skills
        1. Identify Your Adaptive Skills
        2. Transferable Skills Checklist—Skills That Transfer to Many Jobs
        3. Identify Your Job-Related Skills
    2. CHAPTER 6: Document the Details of Your Work and Life Experience
      1. Quick Tips for Completing the Forms
      2. The Worksheets
    3. CHAPTER 7: Identify Your Perfect Job and Industry
      1. Why You Need a Job Objective
      2. Consider Jobs Within Groups of Related Occupations
      3. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook
        1. Some Ways to Use the OOH
        2. A Complete List of the 289 Jobs in the Occupational Outlook Handbook
      4. Other Important Sources of Occupational Information
        1. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
        2. Career Clusters and Pathways
          1. The 16 Career Clusters
          2. Career Pathways: A Quick Way to Find Related Jobs
      5. Also Consider Industries in Your Job Search
      6. Values, Preferences, and Other Factors to Consider in Defining Your Job Objective
      7. Write Your Job Objective
      8. Finalize Your Job Objective
    4. CHAPTER 8: Highlight Your Strengths and Overcome Problems on Your Resume
      1. Never Highlight a Negative
        1. Include Only Positive Content
        2. Some Problems Are Sensitive Subjects
      2. General Guidelines for Handling Problems
        1. Gaps in Work History
        2. Being Out of Work
        3. Being Fired and Other Negatives in Your Work History
        4. Job History Unrelated to Your Current Job Objective
        5. Changing Careers
        6. Recent Graduate
        7. Too Little Experience
        8. Overqualified
        9. Race, Religion, National Origin, or Sexual Orientation
        10. Not Sure of Job Objective
        11. Recently Moved
        12. No Degree or Less Education Than Typically Required
        13. Too Young
        14. Too Old
        15. Family Status and Children
        16. Physical Limitations and Disabilities
        17. Negative References
        18. Criminal Record
      3. Other Items to Include (or Not Include) on Your Resume
        1. A Heading, Such as “Resume”
        2. A Way to Reach You by Phone or E-mail
          1. Phone Number Tips
          2. E-mail Address Tips
        3. Blog, Social Media, and Portfolio Addresses
        4. Alternate Addresses
        5. Personal Information
        6. Photographs
        7. References
      4. A Final Few Words on Handling Problems
    5. CHAPTER 9: Write a Better Resume Now
      1. If You Aren’t Good at Writing a Resume, Get Some Help
        1. Professional Resume Writers
        2. Career or Job Search Counselors and Counseling Services
        3. Print and Photocopy Shops
      2. What Sort of Resume Will Work Best for You?
        1. The Simple Chronological Resume
        2. The Skills or Functional Resume
        3. The Combination Format
        4. Curriculum Vitae (CVs) and Other Special Formats
      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. Use Short Sentences and Simple Words
        4. If It Doesn’t Support Your Job Objective, Cut It Out
        5. Include Numbers
        6. Emphasize Skills
        7. Highlight Accomplishments and Results
        8. The Importance of Doing Drafts
        9. Get Someone Else to Review Your Resume for Errors
      5. More Tips to Improve Your Resume’s Design
        1. What to Do If You Don’t Have a Computer or Design Experience
        2. Increase Readability with Simple Design Principles
        3. Avoid Packing Your Resume with Small Print
        4. Use Two Pages at the Most
        5. Use Fonts Sparingly
        6. Consider Graphics
        7. Edit Again for Appearance
        8. Select Top-Quality Paper
        9. Get Matching Stationery and Envelopes
        10. Good-Quality Photocopies and Laser-Printer Copies Are Fine
        11. How Many Copies to Make
  10. PART 3: A Stupendous Collection of Professionally Written and Designed Resumes
    1. CHAPTER 10: Sample Chronological Resumes
    2. CHAPTER 11: Sample Skills-Based and Combination Resumes
    3. CHAPTER 12: Sample Electronic Resumes
  11. PART 4: Quick Cover Letters, Thank-You Notes, JIST Cards, and Other Job Search Correspondence
    1. CHAPTER 13: The Quick Cover Letter and How to Use It
      1. Seven Quick Tips for Writing a Superior Cover Letter in 15 Minutes
        1. 1. Write to Someone in Particular
        2. 2. Make Absolutely No Errors
        3. 3. Personalize Your Content
        4. 4. Present a Good Appearance
        5. 5. Provide a Friendly Opening
        6. 6. Target Your Skills and Experiences
        7. 7. Close with an Action Statement
      2. Writing Cover Letters to People You Know
        1. The Four Types of Cover Letters to People You Know
        2. Sample Cover Letters to People You Know
      3. Writing Cover Letters to People You Don’t Know
      4. Additional Sample Cover Letters
    2. CHAPTER 14: Thank-You Letters and JIST Cards
      1. The Importance of Thank-You Letters
        1. Three Times When You Should Definitely Send Thank-You Letters—and Why
          1. 1. Before an Interview
          2. 2. After an Interview
          3. 3. Whenever Anyone Helps You in Your Job Search
        2. Eight Quick Tips for Writing Thank-You Letters
          1. 1. Decide Whether E-mail or Snail Mail Makes More Sense
          2. 2. Use Quality Paper and Envelopes
          3. 3. Don’t Handwrite It
          4. 4. Use a Formal Salutation
          5. 5. Keep the Letter Short and Friendly
          6. 6. Sign It
          7. 7. Send It Right Away
          8. 8. Enclose a JIST Card
        3. More Sample Thank-You Letters
      2. The JIST Card®: A Mini-Resume and a Powerful Job Search Tool
        1. Think of a JIST Card as a Very Small Resume
        2. JIST Cards Get Results
        3. How You Can Use JIST Cards
        4. JIST Card Paper and Format Tips
        5. Sample JIST Cards
      3. Other Job Search Correspondence
        1. Follow-Up Letters After an Interview
        2. Enclosures and E-mail Attachments
        3. List of References
        4. Letters of Reference
        5. Unsolicited Letters Requesting an Interview or Other Assistance
  12. PART 5: How to Find a Job Fast
    1. CHAPTER 15: Get a Good Job in Less Time
      1. Career Planning and Job Search Advice
      2. Changing Jobs and Careers Is Often Healthy
      3. Seven Steps for a Quick and Successful Job Search
        1. Step 1: Identify Your Skills
        2. Step 2: Have a Clear Job Objective
        3. Step 3: Know Where and How to Look for Job Leads
          1. Traditional Job Search Methods Are Not Very Effective
          2. The Two Job Search Methods That Work Best
            1. Develop a Network of Contacts in Five Easy Steps
            2. Use Cold Contacts—Contact Employers Directly
        4. Step 4: Spend at Least 25 Hours a Week Looking for a Job
        5. Step 5: Get Two Interviews a Day
        6. Step 6: Do Well in Interviews
          1. Dress for Success
          2. How to Answer Tough Interview Questions
          3. The Three-Step Process for Answering Interview Questions
        7. Step 7: Follow Up on All Contacts
          1. Thank-You Notes Make a Difference
          2. Use Job Lead Cards to Organize Your Contacts
      4. The Quick Job Search Review
    2. CHAPTER 16 Quick Tips for Using the Internet in Your Job Search
      1. The Internet as a Tool for Your Job Search
        1. The Dangers of Online Job Hunting
          1. It Makes You Too Passive
          2. There’s a Huge Amount of Competition
          3. It’s Too Easy to Get Sidetracked and Waste Valuable Time
          4. A Threat to Your Personal Security
        2. There Are Many Ways to Use the Internet in Your Job Search
      2. Seven Quick Tips to Increase Your Job Search Effectiveness on the Internet
      3. The Most Useful Internet Sites
        1. Sites with the Best Links to Other Career and Job Search Sites
        2. Best Resume and Job Banks and Aggregators
        3. Best Sites for Occupational Information
        4. Best Sites for Recent Grads or Students
        5. Best Sites for College, Training, and Financial Aid Information
      4. Closing Thoughts: Remember Your Main Purpose
  13. APPENDIX A: Sample Job Description from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    1. Sample OOH Job Description: Teachers—Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary
      1. Significant Points
      2. Nature of the Work
      3. Working Conditions
      4. Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement
      5. Employment
      6. Job Outlook
      7. Projections Data
      8. Earnings
      9. Related Occupations
      10. Sources of Additional Information
        1. Disclaimer:
  14. APPENDIX B: How to Contact the Professional Resume Writers Who Contributed to This Book
    1. Professional Associations for Resume Writers and Career Counselors
  15. Index