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.