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Expert Resumes for Career Changers , 2nd Edition

Book Description

A collection of outstanding professionally written resumes designed for people transitioning into a new career.

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 YOUR CAREER
    2. Job Search Questions and Answers
      1. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATION FOR A CAREER CHANGER?
      2. HOW DO YOU ENTER A NEW CAREER?
      3. WHAT IS THE BEST RESUME STRATEGY FOR MAKING A SUCCESSFUL CAREER CHANGE?
      4. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
      5. HOW DO YOU GET THE JOBS?
    3. Conclusion
  7. PART I: Resume Writing, Strategy, and Formats
    1. CHAPTER 1: Resume-Writing Strategies for Career Changers
      1. The Top Nine Strategies for an Effective Resume
        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 MT:
            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. Color
          8. White Space
        3. ACCURACY AND PERFECTION
    2. CHAPTER 2: Writing Your Resume
      1. Recommended Resume-Writing Strategy and Formats for Career Changers
        1. CAREER-CHANGER STRATEGIES
          1. Know Your Career Goal
          2. Identify Your Transferable Skills
        2. SAMPLE FORMATS AND SITUATIONS FOR CAREER-CHANGE RESUMES
          1. Charles: A New Career After Additional Education
          2. Peter: From Attorney to Educator
          3. Mike: A Functional Resume to Support His Transition from Educator to Top Business Executive
        3. 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. Bullet Format
          2. Headline Format
          3. Paragraph Format
          4. Core Competencies Summary Format
          5. Project Format
        3. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
          1. Achievement Format
          2. Challenge, Action, and Results (CAR) Format
          3. Functional Format
          4. Project Highlights Format
          5. 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. 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. 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 Career Changers
    1. CHAPTER 4: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Accounting, Finance, Banking, Administrative, Office Management, Business Management, and Insurance Positions
    2. CHAPTER 5: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Technology Positions
    3. CHAPTER 6: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Sales, Marketing, Advertising, Public Relations, Writing, and Events Management Positions
    4. CHAPTER 7: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Health Care, Social Services, and Personal Services Positions
    5. CHAPTER 8: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Training, Human Resources, Teaching, and Educational Administration Positions
    6. CHAPTER 9: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Sports and Recreation, Cultural, and Creative and Performing Arts Positions
    7. CHAPTER 10: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Legal, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Investigator Positions
    8. CHAPTER 11: Resumes for Career Changers Seeking Positions with Nonprofit Organizations
    9. CHAPTER 12: Resumes for Senior Executives Seeking Lower-Level Business Positions
  9. PART III: Cover Letters for Career Changers
    1. CHAPTER 13: 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. 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. DON’T ALWAYS MENTION THAT YOU’RE A CAREER CHANGER
        4. GET OVER WRITER’S BLOCK
        5. ANSWER THE EMPLOYER’S MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION: “WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR ME?”
        6. FORMAT APPROPRIATELY
      3. Cover Letter Checklist
    2. CHAPTER 14: Sample Cover Letters for Career Changers
  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
    1. LOCATION UNKNOWN
    2. IN MEMORIAM
  12. INDEX