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Expert Resumes for Computer and Web Jobs , 3rd Edition

Book Description

Includes 180 pages of sample resumes aimed at computer professionals at all levels—from entry-level to executive.

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. Job Search Questions and Answers
      1. HOW DO YOU ENTER THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY?
      2. WHAT IS THE BEST RESUME STRATEGY IF YOU’RE ALREADY IN THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY?
      3. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
      4. HOW DO YOU GET TECHNOLOGY JOBS?
      5. WHAT ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES IN TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING AND CONTRACTING?
    3. Conclusion
  7. PART I Resume Writing, Strategy, and Formats
    1. CHAPTER 1 Resume Writing Strategies for Technology Professionals
      1. Resume Strategies
        1. RESUME STRATEGY #1: WRITE TO THE JOB YOU WANT
        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. Stay Away From...
          3. Resume Style
          4. Resume Format
            1. Paragraph Format
            2. Advantages:
            3. Disadvantages:
            4. Bulleted List Format
            5. Advantages:
            6. Disadvantages:
            7. Combination Format
            8. Advantages:
            9. Disadvantages:
          5. E-mail Address and URL
        2. PRESENTATION STANDARDS
          1. Font
          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 and Color
          7. White Space
        3. ACCURACY AND PERFECTION
    2. CHAPTER 2 Writing Your Resume
      1. Step-by-Step: Writing the Perfect Resume
        1. CONTACT INFORMATION
          1. Name
          2. Address
          3. Telephone Number(s)
          4. E-mail Address
        2. CAREER SUMMARY
          1. Headline Format
          2. Paragraph Format
          3. Core Competencies Summary Format
          4. Bulleted List Format
          5. Category Format
        3. TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS
          1. Technical Skills Summary Format
          2. Double-Column Bullet Format
          3. Multiple-Column List Format
          4. Combination Technical Qualifications/Education Format
          5. Combination Career Summary/Technical Skills Summary Format
        4. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
          1. Achievement Format
          2. Challenge, Action, and Results (CAR) Format
          3. Functional Format
          4. Consulting and Project Format
          5. Technology Skills Format
        5. EDUCATION, CREDENTIALS, AND CERTIFICATIONS
          1. Academic Credentials Format
          2. Executive Education Format
          3. Certifications Format
          4. Professional Training Format
          5. Nondegree Format
        6. THE “EXTRAS”
          1. Affiliations—Professional
          2. Affiliations—Civic
          3. Public Speaking
          4. Publications
          5. Honors and Awards
          6. Teaching and Training Experience
          7. Personal Information
          8. Consolidating the Extras
      2. 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. STICK TO THE HIGHLIGHTS
        6. INCLUDE DATES OR NOT?
        7. NEVER INCLUDE SALARY HISTORY OR SALARY REQUIREMENTS ON YOUR RESUME
        8. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE SELLING
    3. CHAPTER 3 Producing Your Resume for Online and Offline Distribution: Printed, Electronic, and Web Resumes
      1. The Three Types of Resumes
      2. The Printed Resume
        1. THE PURPOSE OF A PRINTED RESUME
        2. E-MAIL ATTACHMENTS
      3. The Electronic Resume
        1. UNDERSTANDING THE USES FOR AN ELECTRONIC RESUME
        2. CREATING A TEXT FILE
      4. The Web Resume
        1. THE REASONS FOR A WEB RESUME
        2. THE NEW VIDEO BIO PHENOMENON
      5. The Three Resume Types Compared
      6. Resume Checklist
  8. PART II Sample Resumes for Computer and Web Jobs
    1. CHAPTER 4 Resumes for Computer Operators and Technicians
    2. CHAPTER 5 Resumes for Computer Systems Professionals
    3. CHAPTER 6 Resumes for Technology Support Professionals
    4. CHAPTER 7 Resumes for Network and Systems Technologists
    5. CHAPTER 8 Resumes for Web, Internet, E-commerce, and Game-Design Professionals
    6. CHAPTER 9 Resumes for Project Managers and Technology Consultants
    7. CHAPTER 10 Resumes for Technology Managers and Executives
  9. PART III Cover Letters for Computer and Web Jobs
    1. CHAPTER 11 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 12 Sample Cover Letters
  10. APPENDIX A Resume Preparation Questionnaire
  11. APPENDIX B Resume Verbs: Write with Power and Clarity
  12. INDEX OF CONTRIBUTORS
  13. INDEX