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Step-by-Step Resumes , 2nd Edition

Book Description

An extensive collection of thousands of powerful resume keywords to help readers’ resumes stand out in electronic databases.

Please note that the CD files for this book are not included.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. About This Book
  5. Contents
  6. INTRODUCTION: How to Use This Book
    1. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PUT TOGETHER A WINNING RESUME
    2. WHAT DOES A SUCCESSFUL RESUME CONTAIN?
    3. WHAT ARE THE 10 STEPS?
    4. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COMPLETING THIS 10-STEP PROCESS?
    5. HOW DO I USE THE WORKSHEETS IN THIS BOOK?
      1. Using the Assessment Tools
      2. Using the Resume Strategizing Tools
      3. Using the General Worksheets
      4. Using the Achievement Worksheets by Profession
      5. Using the Resume-Bullet Conversions
      6. Using the Action Verbs Lists
      7. Using Descriptive Adjectives and Adverbs
      8. Using the Resume ClipBullets™
    6. CREATING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
    7. DESIGNER RESUME SAMPLES
    8. A CONFIDENCE-BUILDING SELF-DISCOVERY PROCESS
      1. Excellent Interview Preparation
      2. The Key to Catapulting Your Career
    9. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    10. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM THIS PROCESS?
    11. USING THE CD
      1. Installing the CD
      2. Using the Resume Foundations
      3. Using the Cover Letter Foundations
      4. Selecting Your Worksheets and Resume ClipBullets™
      5. Using the Personal Brand Worksheets
      6. Using the Resume Design Files
      7. Sample Resumes
      8. Links to Job Boards
  7. step 1 Assess Yourself
    1. DEFINE YOUR TARGETED JOB AND ITS REQUIREMENTS
    2. ASSESS YOUR PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
      1. Instructions for Assessing Your Personal Attributes
      2. How Your Primary Personal Attributes Will Be Used in Your Resume
    3. ASSESS YOUR SKILLS
      1. What Are Keywords and Why Are They Important?
      2. Your Areas of Expertise
      3. Transferable Skills
      4. Skills Assessment Areas
      5. Skills Assessment Instructions for Compiling Your Areas of Expertise Section
    4. COMPILE YOUR CUSTOMIZED AREAS OF EXPERTISE
  8. step 2 Set Your Resume Strategy
    1. DECIDE WHAT TO INCLUDE
    2. OUTLINE YOUR WORK HISTORY
    3. SELECT YOUR RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
    4. SELECT YOUR RESUME FORMAT
      1. Reverse-Chronological
      2. Functional
      3. Combination
      4. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  9. step 3 List Your General Information and Job Responsibilities
    1. LIST YOUR GENERAL INFORMATION
    2. WRITE YOUR JOB RESPONSIBILITIES BULLETS
      1. Bullet Starters: Action Verbs
      2. “Implied” Information
      3. Quantify Your Job Functions
      4. Gather Material for Your First Responsibility Bullets
      5. Write Your First Resume Bullet for Each Position
      6. FIRST BULLET EXAMPLES FOR MANAGEMENT
      7. FIRST BULLET EXAMPLES FOR SUPERVISORY PERSONNEL
      8. FIRST BULLET EXAMPLES FOR OTHERS
      9. Document Your First Bullets
      10. Promotions: Your Second Resume Bullet
      11. METHOD 1: LIST YOUR PROMOTIONS IN AN ACHIEVEMENT-BASED BULLET
      12. METHOD 2: WRITE UP EACH POSITION SEPARATELY
      13. METHOD 3: COMBINATION
      14. Write Your Second Bullet
    3. USE ACTION VERBS TO START EACH OF YOUR BULLETS
      1. About Resume Action Verbs
      2. Instructions to Check Off Your Action Verbs
      3. Getting Creative with Powerful Action Verbs
      4. Double-Playing Action Verbs
    4. START YOUR FIRST DRAFT
  10. step 4 Identify Your Achievements
    1. ACHIEVEMENTS: THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR RESUME
      1. What Do Employers Want?
      2. The Importance of Achievements
      3. Achievement Questions on the Worksheets
      4. Converting Your Worksheet Answers to Resume Bullets
    2. ACHIEVEMENT CONVERSION EXAMPLES
      1. Example 1 (Service Positions)
      2. COUNSELOR/SOCIAL WORKER
      3. OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
      4. REGISTERED NURSE
      5. LIBRARIAN
      6. Example 2 (Sales Associate)
      7. Example 3 (Teacher)
    3. ACHIEVEMENTS WORKSHEET INSTRUCTIONS
  11. step 5 Put Together Your First Draft
    1. PREPARE YOUR FIRST DRAFT
      1. 1. Write Your Professional Summary
      2. 2. Transfer Your Information
      3. 3. Start Your Bullets with Action Verbs
      4. 4. Expand Your Sentences to Include All Functions
      5. 5. Omit All Unnecessary or Redundant Words
      6. 6. Type Your Text into Your Draft
    2. WRITE YOUR PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
      1. EXAMPLE: SOCIAL WORKER
      2. EXAMPLE: EXECUTIVE CHEF
      3. EXAMPLE: GRAPHIC DESIGNER
      4. EXAMPLE: DATABASE MANAGER
      5. EXAMPLE: ACCOUNTING VICE PRESIDENT
      6. EXAMPLE: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST
      7. EXAMPLE: CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
      8. EXAMPLE: IT SALES AND MARKETING EXECUTIVE
      9. EXAMPLE: QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER
      10. EXAMPLE: MEDICAL BILLING AND COLLECTION SPECIALIST
      11. EXAMPLE: SECURITY DIRECTOR
      12. EXAMPLE: MOVIE SCREENING COORDINATOR
      13. Additional Professional Summary Bullets
      14. Standalone Sentences
    3. CHOOSE YOUR FORMAT TEMPLATE AND COMPILE YOUR RESUME
  12. step 6 Round Out Your Resume with ClipBullets™
    1. RESUME CLIPBULLETS™: AN EASY WAY TO COMPLETE YOUR RESUME
      1. What Are Resume ClipBullets™?
      2. Instructions for Using ClipBullets™
    2. RESUME CLIPBULLETS™ BY PROFESSION
  13. step 7 Write Your Cover Letter
    1. WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL COVER LETTER?
    2. WRITING YOUR COVER LETTER
    3. COVER LETTER FOUNDATIONS AND EXAMPLES
  14. step 8 Create a Personal Brand for Your Job Search
    1. THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS
      1. What Is Personal Branding?
      2. The Benefits of Identifying Your Personal Brand
      3. What Can Personal Branding Do for You?
      4. Personal Branding Exercise
      5. Ways to Promote Your Personal Brand
    2. VISUAL BRANDING
      1. Occupational Icons
      2. Graphic Elements
      3. Color
      4. Font Selection
        1. SERIF OR SANS SERIF FONT?
        2. HEADINGS AND BODY COPY FONTS
        3. FONTS FOR ELECTRONIC RESUMES
        4. POINT SIZE
      5. Charts and Graphs
      6. Work Samples
    3. VERBAL BRANDING
      1. Personalized Slogans
      2. Testimonials
      3. Mission Statements
      4. Success Stories and Case Studies
    4. COMBINING BRANDING ELEMENTS
    5. BRANDING WORKSHEETS
  15. step 9 Pull Together, Edit, and Design Your Resume
    1. PULL IT ALL TOGETHER
    2. EDIT YOUR FINAL RESUME
    3. ADD DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
    4. DESIGNER RESUMES: THE SECRET TO GETTING NOTICED
    5. FORMAT AND DESIGN GUIDELINES
    6. SELECT YOUR RESUME DESIGN
      1. The Resume Designs on the CD
      2. Select a Template Design
    7. DESIGNER RESUME GALLERY TEMPLATES
  16. step 10 Ready Your Resume for Job Boards and E-mail
    1. CREATING THE PRINT VERSION OF YOUR RESUME
    2. CREATING THE E-MAIL VERSION
    3. POSTING YOUR RESUME TO A JOB BOARD OR AGGREGATOR
    4. CREATING A WEB RESUME OR WEB PORTFOLIO
  17. Appendix Sample Resumes
  18. Index