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Expert Resumes for People Returning to Work , 2nd Edition

Book Description

A collection of professionally written resumes aimed at anyone who has left work for a period of time and then wanted to return.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. About This Book
  6. Introduction
    1. What Are Your Career Objectives?
      1. Know the Employment Trends
    2. Manage Your Job Search and Career
    3. Job Search Questions and Answers
      1. What Is the Most Important Consideration for a Returningto-Work Candidate?
      2. How Do You Enter a New Profession?
      3. What Is the Best Resume Strategy for Reentering a Field?
      4. Where Are the Jobs?
      5. How Do You Get the Jobs?
      6. What About Opportunities in Consulting and Contracting?
    4. Conclusion
  7. Part I: Resume Writing, Strategy, and Formats
    1. Chapter 1: Resume Writing Strategies for People Returning to Work
      1. Resume Strategies
        1. Resume Strategy #1: Who Are You, and How Do You Want to Be Perceived?
        2. Resume Strategy #2: Sell It to Me; Don’t Tell It to Me
        3. Resume Strategy #3: Use Keywords
        4. Resume Strategy #4: Use the “Big” and Save the “Little”
        5. Resume Strategy #5: Make Your Resume “Interviewable”
        6. Resume Strategy #6: Eliminate Confusion with Structure and Context
        7. Resume Strategy #7: Use Function to Demonstrate Achievement
        8. Resume Strategy #8: Remain in the Realm of Reality
        9. Resume Strategy #9: Be Confident
      2. There Are No Resume Writing Rules
        1. Content Standards
          1. Writing Style
            1. First Person
            2. Third Person
          2. Phrases to Stay Away From
          3. Resume Style
          4. Resume Formats
            1. Paragraph Format
            2. Advantages
            3. Disadvantages
            4. Bulleted Format
            5. Advantages
            6. Disadvantages
            7. Combination Format
            8. Advantages
            9. Disadvantages
          5. E-mail Address and URL
        2. Presentation Standards
          1. Typestyle
          2. Type Size
            1. Very readable in 9-point Verdana:
            2. Difficult to read in too-small 9-point Gill Sans:
            3. Concise and readable in 12-point Times New Roman:
            4. A bit overwhelming in too-large 12-point Bookman Old Style:
          3. Type Enhancements
          4. Page Length
          5. Paper Color
          6. Graphics
          7. White Space
        3. Accuracy and Perfection
    2. Chapter 2: Writing Your Resume
      1. Recommended Resume Formats for Returning-to-Work Job Seekers
        1. Resume Format #1: Functional/Skills Resume
          1. Resume Focus
          2. Primary Resume Components
        2. Resume Format #2: Educational-Emphasis Resume
          1. Resume Focus
          2. Primary Resume Components
        3. Resume Format #3: Experience-Emphasis Resume
          1. Resume Focus
          2. Primary Resume Components
        4. Why Format Is So Important
      2. Step-by-Step: Writing the Perfect Resume
        1. Contact Information
          1. Name
          2. Address
          3. Telephone Number(s)
          4. E-mail Address
          5. Page Two
        2. Career Summary
          1. Detailed Career Summary
          2. Headline Format
          3. Paragraph Format
          4. Core Competencies Summary Format
          5. Bullet List Format
        3. Education, Credentials, and Certifications
          1. Academic Credentials Format
          2. Executive Education Format
          3. Certifications Format
          4. Specialized Training Format
          5. Non-Degree Formats
        4. Professional Experience
          1. Achievement Format
          2. Challenge, Action, and Results (CAR) Format
          3. Functional Format
          4. Project Highlights Format
          5. Experience Summary Format
        5. The “Extras”
          1. Technology Skills and Qualifications
          2. Equipment Skills and Qualifications
          3. Honors and Awards
          4. Public Speaking
          5. Publications
          6. Teaching and Training Experience
          7. Committees and Task Forces
          8. Professional Affiliations
          9. Civic Affiliations
          10. Personal Information
          11. Consolidating the Extras
      3. Writing Tips, Techniques, and Important Lessons
        1. Get It Down—Then Polish and Perfect It
        2. Write Your Resume from the Bottom Up
        3. Include Notable or Prominent “Extra” Stuff in Your Career Summary
        4. Use Resume Samples to Get Ideas for Content, Format, and Organization
        5. Include Dates or Not?
          1. An Individual Decision
          2. Include Dates in the Education Section?
        6. Always Send a Cover Letter When You Forward Your Resume
        7. Never Include Salary History or Salary Requirements on Your Resume
        8. Always Remember That You Are Selling
    3. Chapter 3: Printed, Scannable, Electronic, and Web Resumes
      1. The Four Types of Resumes
        1. The Printed Resume
        2. The Scannable Resume
        3. The Electronic Resume
          1. E-mail Attachments
          2. ASCII Text Files
        4. The Web Resume
      2. The Four Resume Types Compared
      3. Are You Ready to Write Your Resume?
  8. Part II: Sample Resumes for People Returning to Work
    1. Chapter 4: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Raising Children
    2. Chapter 5: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Divorce, Death of Spouse, or Financial Reversal
    3. Chapter 6: Resumes for People Returning to Work with Extensive Volunteer Experience
    4. Chapter 7: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Serving as a Caregiver
    5. Chapter 8: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Illness
    6. Chapter 9: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Incarceration
    7. Chapter 10: Resumes for People Returning to Work After a Sabbatical
    8. Chapter 11: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Relocating
    9. Chapter 12: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Retirement
    10. Chapter 13: Resumes for People Laid Off, Downsized, or Otherwise Out of Work for More than Six Months
    11. Chapter 14: Resumes for People Returning to Work After Additional Education
    12. Chapter 15: Resumes for People Returning to Work After an Entrepreneurial Venture
  9. Part III: Cover Letters for People Returning to Work
    1. Chapter 16: Writing a Winning Cover Letter
      1. Six Steps to Writing Better Cover Letters
        1. Step 1: Identify Your Key Selling Points
          1. Know Your Objective
          2. Summarize Your Experience
          3. Sell Your Achievements
        2. Step 2: Preplan
        3. Step 3: Write the Opening Paragraph
        4. Step 4: Write the Body
        5. Step 5: Write the Closing
        6. Step 6: Polish, Proofread, and Finalize
      2. Authors’ Best Tips for Writing Winning Cover Letters
        1. Don’t Reinvent the Wheel
        2. Sell It to Me; Don’t Tell It to Me
        3. Get Over Writer’s Block
        4. Answer the Employer’s Most Important Question: “What Can You Do for Me?”
      3. Cover Letter Checklist
    2. Chapter 17: Sample Cover Letters
  10. Appendix: Internet Career Resources
    1. Dictionaries and Glossaries
    2. Job Search Sites
      1. General Sites
      2. Accounting Careers
      3. Arts and Media Careers
      4. Education Careers
      5. Health Care/Medical/Pharmaceutical Careers
      6. Human Resources Careers
      7. International Careers
      8. Sales and Marketing Careers
      9. Technology/Engineering Careers
      10. Government and Military Careers
      11. Legal Careers
      12. Sites for Miscellaneous Specific Fields
    3. Company Information
    4. Interviewing Tips and Techniques
    5. Salary and Compensation Information
  11. Index of Contributors
  12. Index