Resumes For Dummies®, 5th Edition

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  • Copyright: 1/1/2007
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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 85ew 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.

Author Biography

Joyce Lain Kennedy is America’s first nationally syndicated careers columnist. Her twice-weekly column, CAREERS NOW, appears in newspapers and Web sites across the land. In her four decades of advising readers — young, senior, and in-between — Joyce has received millions of letters inquiring about career moves and job search and has answered countless numbers of them in print.
Joyce is the author of seven career books, including Joyce Lain Kennedy’s Career Book (McGraw-Hill), and Electronic Job Search Revolution, Electronic Resume Revolution, and Hook Up, Get Hired! The Internet Job Search Revolution (the last three published by Wiley). Resumes For Dummies is one of a trio of job market books published under Wiley’s wildly popular For Dummies branded imprint. The others are Cover Letters For Dummies and Job Interviews For Dummies.
Writing from a San Diego suburb, the country’s best-known careers columnist is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. Contact Joyce at jlk@sunfeatures.com.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 2
Foolish Assumptionsp. 3
How This Book Is Organizedp. 3
Pitching Your Resumes in a New Era Job Marketp. 3
Resume Basics That Wow 'Em Every Timep. 4
Bringing It All Together: Sample OnTarget Resumesp. 4
You've Sent Your Wow. What to Do Nowp. 4
The Part of Tensp. 4
Icons Used in This Bookp. 5
Where to Go from Herep. 5
Pitching Your Resumes in a New Era Job Marketp. 7
The All-Purpose Resume Is So Five Minutes Agop. 9
In a New Era, the Targeted Resume Rulesp. 9
Market Forces Zap Unqualified Resumesp. 10
Game-Changing Government Rules Impact Resumesp. 12
Navigating the regulationsp. 14
Sign of the timesp. 15
Three Steps to Writing a Targeted Resumep. 15
Prepare your core resumep. 16
Research requirements of jobp. 16
Customize each spinoff resumep. 16
Sample Core Resume and Spinoffsp. 16
The back story on Lauren L. Simpsonp. 17
Lauren's core resumep. 17
Lauren's spinoff resume Ap. 17
Lauren's spinoff resume Bp. 22
In a New Era, the OnTarget Resume Brings You So Up to Datep. 25
New Quick Ways to Find the Right Jobsp. 29
The Young Giants: Vertical Job Search Enginesp. 30
Using a vertical: The generic basicsp. 32
Meet the verticalsp. 33
SimplyHired.comp. 33
Indeed.comp. 33
Jobster.comp. 34
GetTheJob.comp. 35
Yahoo! HotJobsp. 36
Job Boards Risingp. 36
Finding job boardsp. 37
Using job board resourcesp. 38
The Continuing Power of Newspapersp. 39
But here's the rest of the storyp. 40
A new wind is blowing on newspapersp. 41
Hunting on Company Web Sitesp. 41
Seeking and Finding Is Easier than Everp. 43
Spotlight Your Resume in a Web 2.0 Worldp. 45
Online Employee Referralp. 46
What it isp. 47
Getting startedp. 47
Finding more infop. 48
Online Social Networkingp. 48
What it isp. 48
Getting startedp. 49
Finding more infop. 50
Blogsp. 51
What it isp. 51
Getting startedp. 52
Finding more infop. 53
Really Simple Syndication (RSS)p. 53
What it isp. 53
Getting startedp. 54
Finding more infop. 54
Instant Messagingp. 54
What it isp. 55
Getting startedp. 56
Finding more infop. 56
Podcastsp. 56
What it isp. 57
Getting startedp. 57
Finding more infop. 58
Web 2.0 Is a Work in Progressp. 58
Familiar Search Tools That Haven't Gone Awayp. 59
Scannable Resumes: Same as Everp. 60
Plain Text Resumes: A Long Last Gaspp. 61
E-Forms: Fill in the Blankety-Blanksp. 64
Yippee! The Fully Designed, Handsome Resume Is Back!p. 66
From Identity Theft to Recruiter Turnoff: Why Resume Blasting Is a Bad Ideap. 67
Privacy and identity theft problemsp. 67
Risks in your workplacep. 68
Overexposure to recruitersp. 69
Online Screening Keeps On Keepin' Onp. 69
Sample components of online screeningp. 70
Pros and cons of online screeningp. 71
Can your resume be turned away?p. 72
Match Your Resumes to the Jobsp. 72
Resume Basics That Wow 'Em Every Timep. 73
Creating Your Best Resumep. 75
"Telling It" Mutes; "Selling It" Singsp. 75
Focus Your Resumep. 77
Resume Formats Make a Differencep. 80
Reverse Chronological Formatp. 81
Strengths and weaknessesp. 81
Who should use this format and who should think twicep. 82
Creating a reverse chronological resumep. 84
Functional Formatp. 84
Strengths and weaknessesp. 84
Who should use this format and who should think twicep. 85
Creating a functional resumep. 85
Hybrid Formatp. 87
Strengths and weaknessesp. 87
Who should use this format and who should think twicep. 87
Creating a hybrid resumep. 87
Professional Formatp. 89
Strengths and weaknessesp. 89
Who should use this format and who should think twicep. 89
Creating a professional resumep. 89
Academic Curriculum Vitaep. 91
Strengths and weaknessesp. 91
Who should use this format and who should think twicep. 91
Creating an academic curriculum vitaep. 94
International Curriculum Vitae Formatp. 94
Strengths and weaknessesp. 94
Who should use this format and who should think twicep. 94
Creating an international curriculum vitaep. 97
Other Resume Presentationsp. 97
Variations on a themep. 97
Accomplishment formatp. 98
Linear formatp. 98
Keyword formatp. 98
Resume lettersp. 99
Portfoliosp. 99
Video resumesp. 100
Web resumesp. 101
Multimedia resumesp. 101
Choose What Works for Youp. 101
Content Makes the OnTarget Differencep. 103
The Parts of Your Resumep. 103
Leading with Contact Informationp. 104
Hooking the Reader with a Summary or Objectivep. 106
Choosing an objectivep. 107
When to use an objectivep. 107
Advantages of an objectivep. 107
Disadvantages of an objectivep. 108
Opting for a summaryp. 108
When to use a summaryp. 108
Advantages of a summaryp. 110
Disadvantages of a summaryp. 110
Making Education, Experience, Skills, and Competencies Work for Youp. 110
Educationp. 110
Experiencep. 111
Skillsp. 111
Competenciesp. 113
A few examples of core competenciesp. 114
Including competencies in your resumesp. 116
Gaining Extra Pointsp. 117
Activitiesp. 117
Organizationsp. 118
Honors and awardsp. 118
Licenses and samples of your workp. 118
Testimonialsp. 119
Shaping Your Content on Application Formsp. 119
Content to Omit: Your Salary Storyp. 120
Accomplishments Are Your Content Acesp. 121
Wow Words Work Wondersp. 123
Wow Words Can Bring Good Newsp. 124
Wow words for administration and managementp. 124
Wow words for communications and creativityp. 125
Wow words for sales and persuasionp. 125
Wow words for technical abilityp. 126
Wow words for office supportp. 127
Wow words for teachingp. 128
Wow words for research and analysisp. 128
Wow words for helping and caregivingp. 129
Wow words for financial managementp. 130
Wow words for many skillsp. 131
Keywords Are Key to Finding Youp. 131
Keywords for administration/managementp. 132
Keywords for bankingp. 133
Keywords for customer servicep. 133
Keywords for information technologyp. 134
Keywords for manufacturingp. 134
Keywords for human resourcesp. 134
Where to Find Keywordsp. 135
Get a Grip on Grammarp. 136
A Few Words about Spellingp. 137
Words Sell Your Storyp. 139
Refine Your Design for Great Looksp. 141
Resumes That Resonatep. 142
Word processingp. 142
Printingp. 142
Paper selectionp. 142
Consistency, consistency, consistencyp. 143
When three's not a crowdp. 143
Come on, break it up!p. 143
Open spacesp. 144
Typefaces and fontsp. 145
A few more tips on appearancep. 146
Choosing between Two Resume Layoutsp. 146
Design That Gets the Word Outp. 150
Passages: Resumes for Your Life's Changing Phasesp. 151
Scoring Big as a Recent Graduatep. 152
Quick take: Rookie strengthsp. 152
Quick take: Rookie soft spotsp. 152
Tips for recent graduatesp. 153
Beef up your sales pitchp. 153
Clarify your aimp. 154
Ditch unhelpful informationp. 154
Data-mine your college experiencep. 154
Gaffes common to new graduatesp. 155
Falling short of image standardsp. 155
Omitting heavy-hitter pointsp. 155
Overcompensating with gimmicky languagep. 157
Making employers guessp. 157
Leveling the experience fieldp. 157
Stopping with bare bonesp. 157
Hiding hot informationp. 157
Highlighting the immaterialp. 158
Ignoring employers' needsp. 158
Writing boastfullyp. 158
Grabbing Good Jobs as a Baby Boomerp. 158
Quick take: Boomer strengthsp. 158
Quick take: Boomer soft spotsp. 159
Tips for baby boomersp. 160
Match your target job descriptionp. 160
Shorten your resumep. 161
Focus your resumep. 161
Show that you're a tower of strengthp. 161
Demonstrate political correctnessp. 161
Distribute your resume onlinep. 161
Murder ancient education datesp. 162
Trim your resume to fighting weightp. 162
Use appropriate headingsp. 162
Taking a lower-level jobp. 162
Gaffes common to boomersp. 163
Choosing the wrong focusp. 163
Using old resume standardsp. 164
Lacking a summaryp. 164
Revealing age negativelyp. 165
Appearing low-techp. 165
Not supplementing a high school educationp. 165
Winning Interviews as a New Civilianp. 165
Quick take: Transitioning military strengthsp. 166
Quick take: Transitioning military soft spotsp. 166
Tips for new civiliansp. 167
Advertise what you're sellingp. 167
Consider your best formatp. 167
Zero in on job fairsp. 168
Protect your identity from theftp. 168
Be a resource collectorp. 168
Visit key Web sitesp. 170
Get the message about milspeakp. 170
Changing Course with an OnTarget Resumep. 172
Successful Solutions to Resume Problemsp. 175
Too Much Experiencep. 176
Too many qualifications or ageism?p. 176
Too much experience in one jobp. 178
Divide your job into modulesp. 178
Deal honestly with job titlesp. 178
Tackle deadly perceptions head-onp. 179
Highlight the issuep. 179
Too Long Gone: For Women Onlyp. 180
Sift through your pastp. 182
Use professional termsp. 182
Know the scorep. 182
Job Seekers with Disabilitiesp. 183
Deciding whether to disclose a disabilityp. 184
Explaining gaps in work historyp. 184
Asking for special equipmentp. 185
When Demotion Strikesp. 185
Gaps in Your Recordp. 187
Too Many Layoffs That Aren't Your Faultp. 189
Explaining Mergers and Acquisitionsp. 189
Here a Job, There a Job, Everywhere a Job, Jobp. 190
Overcoming a job-hopping imagep. 190
Cleaning out your job closetp. 192
When Substance Abuse Is the Problemp. 192
A Bad Credit Rapp. 193
Ex-Offenders Job Huntingp. 194
Know that negative information is dangerousp. 194
Avoid the chronological formatp. 194
Present your prison experience in nonprison termsp. 195
Get help with your resume and job searchp. 195
Look for Ways to Scoot Past Resume Blocksp. 195
Bringing It All Together: Sample On Target Resumesp. 197
A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes by Industry and Career Fieldp. 199
A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes by Experience Level and Agep. 219
A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes for Special Circumstancesp. 239
A Sampling of Extreme Resume Makeoversp. 259
You've Sent Your Wow. What to Do Nowp. 279
References Safeguard Your Resumep. 281
The Harm Caused by a So-So Referencep. 281
Seven Things You Should Do about Referencesp. 282
Ban references from your resumep. 282
Expect employers to check referencesp. 283
Choose references with thoughtp. 283
Help references help youp. 284
Cover your bases with a reference folderp. 284
Stamp out bad referencesp. 286
Thank everyonep. 287
Finding References without Shedding Your Cloak of Secrecyp. 287
Allow Enough Time for Skillful Reference Managementp. 288
Twisting in the Wind? Follow Up!p. 289
Why Follow-Up Efforts Are Essential Todayp. 290
Questions to Ask Yourself Before Following Upp. 291
Should I phone or e-mail my follow-up?p. 292
What if the ad says "no phone calls"?p. 292
What is the most powerful opening statement I can make?p. 293
What are other compelling opening statements?p. 293
How much information can I find out from a central phone operator?p. 294
What are some tips to get past screeners, a.k.a. gatekeepers?p. 294
What can I do if I keep getting booted to voicemail?p. 296
Why shouldn't I leave a message asking the target to call me back?p. 297
How can I keep track of all my calls, e-mails, and contacts as I follow up?p. 298
When is it time to throw in the towel and move on?p. 298
Monitoring Your Follow-up Effortsp. 299
Using the Follow-Up Matrixp. 299
Factors on the Follow-Up Matrixp. 300
The Values Keyp. 301
Checking out a sample Matrixp. 303
Fast-Tracking Your Successful Follow-Upp. 303
Almost Got the Interview Date? Read This Firstp. 305
When Your Job Conflicts with an Interview Datep. 305
Face-to-Face Beats Ear-to-Earp. 306
Going Overboard on Ardor Can Cost You Moneyp. 307
When the Interview Is Out of Townp. 307
Making the Most of Your Momentp. 308
Little Things Do Mean a Lotp. 308
The Part of Tensp. 309
Ten (x3) Wap to Prove Your Claimsp. 311
Say It with Numbersp. 312
Say It with Percentagesp. 312
Say It with Dollar Amountsp. 313
Ten Ways to Improve Your Resumep. 315
Match Your Resume to the Jobp. 315
Use Bulleted Style for Easy Readingp. 315
Discover Art of Lost Articlesp. 315
Sell, Don't Tellp. 316
Show Off Your Assetsp. 316
Make Sure Your Words Play Well Togetherp. 316
Reach Out with Strengthp. 317
Trash a Wimpy Objectivep. 317
Check the Horse's Mouthp. 318
Erase the "Leave-Outs"p. 318
Ten Tips on Choosing Professional Resume Helpp. 319
Choose a Resume Writing Service, Not a Clerical Servicep. 320
Ask Around for a Great Resume Prop. 320
Request a Free Initial Consultationp. 321
Watch Out for Overuse of Formsp. 321
Look for a Fair Pricep. 321
Check Out Samplesp. 322
Take Aimp. 322
Consider a Certified Resume Writerp. 323
Remember That Design Countsp. 323
Know That a Poor Resume Is No Bargainp. 324
Ten Pet Peeves of Recruitersp. 325
Resume-Free Pitchesp. 325
Major Mismatchesp. 325
E-Stalkingp. 326
Caps and Taps and Typosp. 328
Too Much Informationp. 328
Date Gratep. 328
Guess Whop. 329
File Stylep. 329
Useless and Uninformativep. 330
Probable Prevaricationp. 330
Your Ten-Point Resume Checklistp. 331
Tit for Tatp. 331
Format and Stylep. 331
Focus and Imagep. 332
Achievements and Skillsp. 332
Language and Expressionsp. 332
Content and Omissionsp. 332
Length and Common Sensep. 333
Appearance: Online Attached and Paper Resumesp. 333
Sticky Points and Sugarcoatingp. 333
Tap the Power of OnTarget Resumesp. 335
Indexp. 337
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