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Expert Resumes for Military-to-Civilian Transitions , 2nd Edition

Book Description

Shows veterans exactly how to market their skills and experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. TABLE OF CONTENTS
  5. ABOUT THIS BOOK
  6. INTRODUCTION
    1. The What, How, Which, and Where of Resume Writing
    2. Determining and Reaching Your Career Objectives
      1. KNOW THE EMPLOYMENT TRENDS
      2. MANAGE YOUR JOB SEARCH AND YOUR CAREER
    3. Job Search Questions and Answers
      1. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION FOR A SUCCESSFUL MILITARY-TO-CIVILIAN CAREER TRANSITION?
      2. HOW DO YOU ENTER A NEW CAREER?
      3. WHAT IS THE BEST RESUME STRATEGY FOR MAKING A SUCCESSFUL MILITARY-TO-CIVILIAN CAREER TRANSITION?
      4. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
      5. HOW DO YOU GET THE JOBS?
    4. Conclusion
  7. PART I: Resume Writing, Strategy, and Formats
    1. CHAPTER 1: Resume Writing Strategies for Military-to-Civilian Career Transitions
      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. Resume Standards
        1. CONTENT STANDARDS
          1. Writing Style
          2. Phrases to Avoid
          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
          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 Strategies and Formats for Military-to-Civilian Career Transitions
        1. INSIDER ADVICE FOR MILITARY-TRANSITION RESUMES
        2. CHOOSE THE RIGHT FORMAT AND PAINT THE RIGHT PICTURE
      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 2
        2. CAREER SUMMARY
          1. What to Call It
          2. Why the Summary Is So Important
          3. Sample Career Summary Sections
            1. Bullet Format
            2. Headline Format
            3. Paragraph Format
            4. Core Competencies Summary Format
        3. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
          1. The Most Time-Consuming Section to Write
          2. Sample Professional Experience Sections
            1. Achievement Format
            2. Challenge, Action, and Results (CAR) Format
            3. Project Highlights Format
            4. Experience Summary Format
        4. EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, AND CERTIFICATIONS
          1. Academic Credentials Format
          2. Executive Education Format
          3. Certifications Format
          4. Specialized Training Format
          5. Non-degree 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. HANDLE DATES EFFECTIVELY
          1. How Should You Present Early Job Experience?
          2. Should You 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 Military-to-Civilian Transitions
    1. CHAPTER 4: Resumes for Careers in Administration, Accounting, and Finance
    2. CHAPTER 5: Resumes for Careers in Technology
    3. CHAPTER 6: Resumes for Management and Executive Careers
    4. CHAPTER 7: Resumes for Careers in Operations, Purchasing, Supply Chain, and Logistics
    5. CHAPTER 8: Resumes for Careers in Sales, Communications, Human Resources, Training, and Teaching
    6. CHAPTER 9: Resumes for Careers in Federal, State, and Local Government
    7. CHAPTER 10: Resumes for Careers in Health Care and Social Services
    8. CHAPTER 11: Resumes for Careers in Law, Law Enforcement, Security, and Intelligence
    9. CHAPTER 12: Resumes for Careers in Skilled Trades
    10. CHAPTER 13: Resumes for Continued Career Advancement After Successful Military Transition
  9. PART III: Cover Letters for Military-to-Civilian Transitions
    1. CHAPTER 14: 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 15: Sample Cover Letters
  10. APPENDIX: Internet Career Resources
    1. Dictionaries and Glossaries
    2. Job Search Sites
      1. GENERAL SITES
      2. MILITARY TRANSITION SITES
      3. CAREER-SPECIFIC SITES
        1. Accounting Careers
        2. Arts and Media Careers
        3. Education Careers
        4. Food Service Careers
        5. Government Careers
        6. Health Care/Medical/Pharmaceutical Careers
        7. Human Resources Careers
        8. International Careers
        9. Legal Careers
        10. Sales and Marketing Careers
        11. Technology/Engineering 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