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Jan. 10 2007 For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)
Is your job search stalling out after you submit a resume but before you're offered an interview? With reinvented recruiting technology, unmanageable millions of resumes choking employer databases, and government mandates in the name of diversity, a gigantic change has occurred in the recruiting world over the past several years—and it demands a fresh look at how you write and market your resumes.

Whether you're entering the job market for the first time, changing jobs, or changing careers, Resumes for Dummies, 5th Edition will show you the ropes and rules for a new era in recruiting and job finding. With 85% new content added since the previous edition, this up-to-date guide gives you the very latest strategies on how to create, and more importantly, distribute your resume in today's new job search environment. You'll learn:

  • Why most generic online resumes fail
  • How to customize resumes for each job opening
  • New quick ways to find the right jobs
  • How to use meta search engines to your advantage
  • Why both digital and print versions of resumes are still needed
  • How to use resumes interactively
  • The resume basics that still knock 'em dead
  • How to create resumes for your life's changing phases
  • What to do after you send them your resume

With a wealth of sample resumes—organized by industry and career field, experience level and age, and special circumstances—along with tips on choosing professional resume help and other valuable resources, Resumes for Dummies, 5th Edition will help you get noticed in a universe saturated with billions of resumes and more on the way.

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A must for any job seeker. -- Doug Elliot, Career Counselor/One-Stop Career Center Manager

Her distinguished career ... has placed her leaps and bound ahead of the rest. -- Robert Calvert Jr., Editor, Career Opportunity News

If college graduates had a Joyce Lain Kennedy to guide them ... there would certainly be fewer unfocused, frazzled, jobless people. -- Dr. Drema K. Howard, Director, Career Resource Center, University of South Florida

Joyce Lain Kennedy is at the top of her field. -- Richard K. Knowdell, CEO, Career Planning and Adult Development Network

Solid, cutting-edge resume advice with today's Internet technology -- the best of the resume books." -- Michael R. Forrest, CEO, JobOptions; founding CEO, and JobWeb --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Dozens of all-new, groundbreaking sample resumes

Write a cream-of-the-crop resume, get noticed, and land the job interview!

Just when you thought you knew all about resumes — whoops, things change. Showcase yourself for today's employers with a simple resume-matching technique connecting your qualifications with their requirements. Get your career in gear with this bestselling guide completely updated with advanced strategies for getting noticed in a swamped job market where resumes too often "go missing."

Discover how to

  • Customize your resume to get through the door
  • Use new vertical job search engines to save lots of time
  • Win with keywords and clean design online and on paper
  • Get employers to return your phone calls

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5.0 out of 5 stars Resumes for Dummies July 16 2013
By Chicky
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Easy to read, and lots of tips. Love it! I liked that it gave examples of resumes, head letters, and formats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Results! April 15 2003
I wrote my resume based entirely on advice from this book, and landed the second job I applied for. That's what I all results.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read and Information Exceeds Promise!! March 7 2003
I've read a few career books, but none were as much a pleasure to read as Resumes for Dummies. Having already read Cover Letters for Dummies I knew that this book was going to be informative but still easy to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous resource March 6 2003
By A Customer
If you need to write a resume, you need to buy this book. The amount of useful information stuffed
into its 300+ pages is incredible, not to mention the book is well written and funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in future paystubs Jan. 31 2001
If nothing else, this book is beneficial because it gives the reader lots of ideas to borrow (Ok, steal, but that's why this book was written). I'm not very creative when it comes to laying the resume out, but the different possibilities gives me some options. It's important to not be too wordy in the resume, and Kennedy shows us what to emphasize. Her snappy writing style makes a mundane topic actually interesting. It's nice to know that I have this on my shelf in case I decide to go job-hunting in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Reference for Rusty Job Seekers Jan. 30 2001
After many years at the same company, I'm on the job market and although I've been fairly conscientious about keeping my resume up to date, I haven't really had to test it in the marketplace. A review of the "Resumes for Dummies" book helped me to refine my job descriptions, incorporate more action oriented words and focus on the skills and jobs that are relevant to the type of position that I want to hold in the future.
Like all "Dummies" books, this one is presented in a simple easy-to-read, well-organized format with large bulleted headlines and plenty of graphics and examples. Whether you read the whole book, or just refer to specific sections, this book has it all, including resume formats; how to present education, experience, skills, activities, organizations, etc.; good attention-grabbing words; getting rid of deadweight in the resume; going digital and distributing the resume; spin control against potential problems, such as too much or too little experience, gaps in employment, demotions, age, etc.
The book is packed with resume tips, and should be one of the first you refer to if you're starting a new job search or just not sure that your resume is representing you fairly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars resumes for today and tomorrow Jan. 10 2001
As a career counselor, I hear people wondering what is new in resume trends. Are they still necessary? Kennedy, an experienced syndicated columnist and author, has taken the subject of resumes to a higher plane. Yes, they're still necessary. Using humor to present the somewhat standard material, she takes the reader from objective to experience with a minimum of pain. There are two unusual features in this book. Sample resumes are presented in a before and after format, illustrating subtle points which will enhance the reader's own focus. And the book ends with a checklist for evaluating your own resume. (Warning: it's hard to be objective enough to complete the checklist: you may need some help from a friend.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and up to date Dec 30 2000
I've read the author's other two Dummies books, Covers Letters and Job Interviews and given them both 5 stars. This book rounds out the series and it didn't disappoint me in any way.
With the job-hunting situation changing at Internet speed, I found this book to be up to date and extremely useful. Her coverage of electronic resumes was excellent, and I was glad to find that I wasn't too far off base on what I had already put together on my own in this regard. She did point out to me several weak areas that I did have and clearly spelled out with explanations and examples how I could make my resume better.
A very good book and I recommend it as being well worth the price and time I invested.
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