Synopses & Reviews
Call from a headhunter? Layoffs getting a little too close for comfort? Hear about a great new internal opportunity? Getting out of the military? Or just frustrated and wonder if you could do better someplace else?
This is the definitive guide to getting you on the market fast.
The third edition of The Overnight Resume has been completely revised and updated for everyone—from entry level* to the executive suite—who is serious about getting an interview and landing a job.
*Tip #1: Never use the term “entry level” in any resume. For hundreds more tips that suit your particular case, just look inside.
Information you’ll find nowhere else includes:
• How to beat other jobseekers at 1,000-to-1 odds.
• How to launch a full-scale job search within 24 hours.
• How to access the hidden job market where the best jobs are.
• What returning parents and returning prisoners have in common.
• How to beat resume-sorting software!
• Online resumes, HTML, scannable, and portfolio versions.
• Differences between East Coast and West Coast resume styles.
• How to look like a local, from anywhere in the country!
A step-by-step approach to resume writing for all career stages and most educational backgrounds, this guide shows job seekers how to develop and craft a focused, successful resume in one sitting.
About the Author
DONALD ASHER is the author of ten books on the topics of careers and higher education. He is a contributing writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal.com and CollegeJournal.com, USAirways Magazine, MSN Encarta and MSN homepage, Dow Jones’s National Business Employment Weekly and Managing Your Career magazines, and many other publications and career sites. He visits more than one hundred university campuses every year to discuss career management topics from salary negotiations to linking your major to your life goals.
Table of Contents
Preface - How to Use This Book ix
1 - Why You Need a Resume 1
2 - What Your Resume Can Do for You 2
3 - The Rules of Resume Writing 4
4 - Resume English Simplified 6
5 - Writing Your Resume: Style Overview 11
6 - Writing Your Resume: The One Thing You MUST Do First 15
7 - Writing Your Resume: Getting Started with the Heading 19
8 - Writing Your Resume: Win or Lose in the First Ten Lines 23
9 - Writing Your Resume: Jobs and Dates 28
10 - Writing Your Resume: What to Do about Common Problems 37
11 - Writing Your Resume: Education and Additional Data 44
12 - Writing Your Resume: Putting It All Together 53
13 - Sample Resumes 59
14 - Special Styles, More Solutions 72
15 - How to Get Interviews and Plan and Manage a Job Search 94
16 - Cover Letters: Don’t Write One until You Read Chapter 15 111
17 - Go for It! This Is Your Life 127