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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 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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Dear Joyce, I have read your 'Resumes for Dummies' book with joy, laughter, and a deep sense of gratitude. What a Godsend you are to those of us who are resuming a career. Many of us have the confidence and fortitude to 'kick butt' out there in the workplace, yet the featly skill of preparing an actual resume can reduce some of the best of us to fainthearted dread. I unabashedly admit to being a member of the aforementioned group. My pen remains poised with trepidation when it actually comes down to putting pen to paper. Do you ever engage in private consulting? If not, is there a local consulting firm here in San Diego that you would recommend? Many thanks, once more, I shall look forward to your gracious and gifted advice. With much appreciation, Carol Treadwell
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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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Resumes for Dummies focuses on helping the reader respond to the real world nature of today's employers...who, for the most part, continue to use yesteryear's tried and true methods. Even what may seem to be "the same old boring stuff" is incredibly useful, particularly in the way it's organized to allow the reader to find what's important to them quickly, without having to read the whole book.
Important, too, this provides the job seeker with solid and complete, cutting-edge resume advice for a "wired" (Internet) environment.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Re-vamping the Resume Dec 13 1999
I had never heard of this book until I borrowed it from a friend. I found this book so useful that I intend to buy my own copy! I especially liked the sample resumes. I wish there were more information on CVs instead of just a reference to other books. I would also recommend Cover Letters for Dummies. These books are simple to follow, the tips are relatively easy to find, and great if you want to get that dusty old resume of yours polished up into a snappy, updated version in short order!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! Feb. 12 1999
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This all-purpose, content-filled resume book has enough humor to focus your interest on what is essentially a very serious matter: you as a marketable product. One chapter (Chapter 3) stood out for me. It clarifies the use of hooks--when to use an objective and when to use a skills summary, citing advantages and disadvantages of each. I also liked the detailed chart on updating your resume for scanning technology and for sending it online. A very timely read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars big help
i had never had to make a resume up till i moved here to canada so this book helped big time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resumes for Dummies
Easy to read, and lots of tips. Love it! I liked that it gave examples of resumes, head letters, and formats.
Published 14 months ago by Chicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Results!
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.
Published on April 15 2003 by Brad Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read and Information Exceeds Promise!!
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... Read more
Published on March 7 2003 by Charlie Pitman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous resource
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... Read more
Published on March 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars!
This is the finest resume book I've ever read. Part IV, Going Up and Cyber-Ways with Your Resume, helped me immeasurably to understand the way resumes are sent in today's world. Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped my resume greatly!
I have a short attention span when it comes to reading so this book is just what the doctor ordered! It has a little of everything for everyone, from basic to advanced. Read more
Published on Dec 11 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars impressed
After looking at my old resume and nearly falling asleep, i can definitely say that "Resumes for Dummies" has helped me improve upon my new resume. BIG TIME. Thanks!
Published on Aug. 13 1999
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