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Whitcomb Susan Britton


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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: JIST Publishing; 3 edition (Oct. 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593573111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593573119
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #499,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  31 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars its simple, the objective is to get invited to the interview Oct. 9 2006
By Humberto Mejia - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book that can help you be positioned at the top of the file for the interview.

Whatever your skills or expertice, if it does not draw attention you run the risk of being ignored. yet, how many of us are into copy techniques? I have been in sales all my life, and to sell myself in a resume manner was a tough assignment. Im glad this book gives you the insights and the tips to tailor your abilities to what you are truly looking for, this is what is good about it, honest work with yourself to convey the right marketing.

results? even phone interviews from Australia.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look more clearly at your own strengths and skills Sept. 15 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
By using the suggestions for organizing and presenting information in this book, I have a whole new appreciation for the things I've managed to accomplish over the years. Nearing retirement age, with five successful careers behind me and another just starting up, I still found little niches of self-defeating behavior, ways in which I was emphasizing the wrong thing or ignoring key accomplishments.

More than just a guide to resumes, this book helped me see that the new career change will bring my work life a lot closer to my core values; and it showed me clearly how to be successful from the very start.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only resource you'll need - this book covers EVERYTHING March 16 2009
By A.P. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A month ago my department of 33 people was notified that our work would be decentralized throughout our company. Regardless of if we were interviewing internally or externally, we all needed to update our resumes.

After volunteering to review my colleagues' resumes I searched the internet for some pointers and found Resume Magic. I purchased Resume Magic that same afternoon and it has been open on my desk ever since.

Resume Magic includes *everything* I needed help with - and things I hadn't thought of! Examples of different formatting options, lists of action verbs, impact mining exercises, how to address issues with education, and especially the before/after examples have been tremendously helpful. I was able to take a boring page of bulleted lists of previous job responsibilities and turn it into an enticing profile that told the story of employment, highlighting unique nuances of skills that offered an employer a colorful, complete picture of the employees' qualifications.

Resume Magic provides a comprehensive, practical guide to resume writing. Having solid, good looking, effective resumes has done wonders for the confidence (and future employment!) of my team.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST have! May 16 2008
By NaNaYa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The is quite simply the best book on resume writing I've ever read. I've worked in HR for over 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this. Well worth the money. So far, I've used this book to write four resumes for family and friends, all of which have resulted in jobs.

If I could have given this book 7 stars, I would have.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A $13 BOOK THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE! June 2 2009
By J. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer (Resume Magic Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer)

Did you know...Most resumes are not read completely, large companies sometimes use computers to scan for "key words" planted throughout resumes to compile a initial list of candidates, employers want to see hard-hitting bottom-line numbers that show proof of your past performance, and that and resume writing has its own grammar and punctuation rules?

I have a B.S. in journalism, mass communications and public relations and the above information regarding resumes(included in this book) was all new to me.

I bought this book to update my husband's 7-year-old "just-out-of-college" resume to reflect the executive management status and impressive accomplishments he's attained in his career in the last seven years. He is not changing jobs, just needing a "grown-up" resume to submit for a college master's program. Reading this book cover to cover and writing a brand-new resume from scratch was not only fun for me, but my husband can now "see" his past seven years' accomplishments. He not only has a resume that he's confident would "wow" employers if he ever decides to seek a job elsewhere, but putting his talents, skills and passions into writing also refocused and renewed his career direction and passion.

Susan Whitcomb, author, is very thorough and explores all options of resume writing. I personally appreciated a chapter devoted to resume "sytle" writing. Yes, like newspaper reporting, resume writing has it's own list of separate writing rules, and she covers them all.

She helps readers decide which resume format best fits their current job situation, and provides worksheets and questions to help employees target in on their most impressive accomplishments from their entire career. I was most impressed by the suggestions she had for employees dealing with demotions, life changes or changes in career paths; she proves you CAN put your best foot forward in a truthful manner by focusing on the positive, not the negative, of one's career.

The most useful chapters to me were (4) "The Blueprint for a Blockbuster Resume," and (5) "How to Write Great Copy." My favorite chapter was (8) "Visual Artistry: The Missing Link."

This book is 571 pages PACKED with all the information needed to create a resume that does it's job; get's YOU a job! $13 is a very small price to pay for a book that could, literally, change your life.

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