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30-Minute Resume Makeover

Book Description

Shows you how to add your newest job and accomplishments, emphasize your accomplishments, convert your resume for use on the Internet, & communicate your personal brand.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. About This Book
    1. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Chapter 1: Resume Diagnosis
    1. How Does Your Resume Stack Up?
    2. Look at It from the Employer’s Perspective
      1. Employer Question #1: “Who are you?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “Who are you?”
      2. Employer Question #2: “What can you do for me?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “What can you do for me?”
      3. Employer Question #3: “Do you have the skills I’m looking for?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “Do you have the skills I’m looking for?”
      4. Employer Question #4: “Where have you worked before?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategy to Answer the Question, “Where have you worked before?”
      5. Employer Question #5: “Is your experience relevant to my needs?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “Is your experience relevant to my needs?”
      6. Employer Question #6: “Do you have the right education and credentials?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “Do you have the right education and credentials?”
      7. Employer Question #7: “What kind of person are you?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “What kind of person are you?”
      8. Employer Question #8: “Do I see any ‘red flags’ in your background?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “Do I see any ‘red flags’ in your background?”
      9. Employer Question #9: “Can I easily get in touch with you?”
        1. 30-Minute Makeover Strategies to Answer the Question, “Can I easily get in touch with you?”
    3. Did You Get All A’s?
    4. Key Points: Chapter 1
  7. Chapter 2: Resume Repair: The 30-Minute Resume Makeover
    1. STRATEGY #1: Fashion a Strong Framework
      1. Organizational Format: Chronological or Functional?
        1. Reverse-Chronological Resume Tips
        2. Functional Resume Tips
      2. Design Considerations: Design for Clarity
        1. Design Tips
      3. 30-Minute Resume Makeover
    2. STRATEGY #2: Start with a Superlative Summary
      1. Include Keywords
        1. Keyword Tips
      2. Communicate Your Personal Brand
        1. Questions to Help You Define Your Personal Brand
      3. Highlight Your “Wow” Achievements
        1. Tips for Selecting and Presenting Your “Wow” Achievements
      4. Consider an Objective
      5. 30-Minute Resume Makeover
    3. STRATEGY #3: Emphasize Experience and Accomplishments
      1. Write High-Impact Position Descriptions
        1. Tips for High-Impact Position Descriptions
      2. Make Powerful Achievements the Focal Point
        1. Tips to Identify and Present Your Accomplishments
      3. 30-Minute Resume Makeover
    4. STRATEGY #4: Enhance with Education and “Extras”
      1. Presenting Your Education
      2. Adding the “Extras”
        1. Possible “Extras” for Your Resume
        2. What Not to Include in Your Resume
      3. 30-Minute Resume Makeover
    5. STRATEGY #5: Proofread and Polish to Perfection
    6. Key Points: Chapter 2
  8. Chapter 3: Proofread and Polish to Perfection
    1. Review Your Content
    2. Design (or Redesign) Your Document
    3. Red Flag Review
    4. Get a Second Opinion
    5. Finalize Your Document
    6. Convert Your Resume to Text Format
    7. Makeover Complete...Now What?
    8. Key Points: Chapter 3
  9. Chapter 4: Before-and-After Resume Transformations
    1. Resume Transformation #1: Patrick J. Kelly
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    2. Resume Transformation #2: Daniela R. Venise
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    3. Resume Transformation #3: James Michael Bridges
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    4. Resume Transformation #4: Barbara Jenner
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    5. Resume Transformation #5: Paula Atkins
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    6. Resume Transformation #6: Jessica Jones
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    7. Resume Transformation #7: Maria Rivera
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    8. Resume Transformation #8: Felicia A. Garrison
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    9. Resume Transformation #9: Robert Smiley
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    10. Resume Transformation #10: Beth Larson
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    11. Resume Transformation #11: Ronald Woolworth
      1. The Situation
      2. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    12. Resume Transformation #12: Ariel Nivens
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    13. Resume Transformation #13: John Acker
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    14. Resume Transformation #14: Mayela Smith
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    15. Resume Transformation #15: Hazel Reyes
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    16. Resume Transformation #16: Mark Stanford
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    17. Resume Transformation #17: Tabitha Harris
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    18. Resume Transformation #18: Derek D’Angelo
      1. The Situation
      2. The “Before” Version
      3. The “After” Version—Applying the Five Resume Makeover Strategies
    19. Key Points: Chapter 4
  10. Chapter 5: Create a Killer Cover Letter
    1. Cover Letter Basics
      1. Transmission Guidelines
      2. Tone, Style, and Content Guidelines
    2. Three Steps to a Great Cover Letter
      1. Step 1: State Why You’re Writing
      2. Step 2: Share Information Relevant to the Reader’s Needs
      3. Step 3: Close with an Action Statement
        1. Assertive vs. Aggressive
        2. When Follow-up Isn’t Possible
        3. Disclosing Salary Information
    3. Key Points: Chapter 5
  11. Chapter 6: Find a Job Fast
    1. Networking Is King!
    2. Internet Job Boards Are Jumping!
    3. Newspapers Aren’t Passé!
    4. Recruiters Rock!
    5. Direct Application Is Dandy!
    6. Diversify Your Activities
    7. Key Points: Chapter 6
  12. Appendix: Resume Development Worksheet
  13. Index
  14. Notes