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ISBN-10: 0470873612
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A must for any job seeker. -- Doug Elliot, Career Counselor/One-Stop Career Center Manager

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, CareerPath.com and JobWeb --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Get your career in gear and write a winning resume to land that job interview

Is your job search stalling out after you submit a resume but before you're offered an interview? Whether you're entering the job market for the first time, looking for a new job after a layoff, or changing careers, Resumes For Dummies shows you the ropes and rules for a new era in recruiting and job searching, and gives you expert tips on writing a resume that shines.

  • Resumes 101 — uncover the resume basics that'll wow 'em every time, and find out how to get yours into the right hands to land that job interview

  • Put your best self forward — discover how to write a resume that highlights your good points and downplays the not-so-good ones, like work-history gaps or job-hopping

  • Make your resume shine online — get the latest innovations in Internet-based tools and mobile services on the recruiting scene — social media, smartphones, job-search apps, and e-readers

  • Customize yourself — find out how to quickly (and effectively) customize a resume for a specific job target

  • Enjoy a sample — take a gander at dozens of sample resumes for every consideration — perfect for modeling your own winning resume

Open the book and find:

  • The parts of a resume (and how to best format and design it)

  • Ways to hook the reader with a summary or objective

  • How to make education, experience, skills, and competencies work for you

  • An innovative system for writing targeted resumes

  • What you should research about a job before writing a resume

  • Tips for recent graduates

  • How to handle changing careers, transitioning as a military veteran, or grabbing a job as a Baby Boomer

Learn to:

  • Skyrocket interviews with the new instant customizing method

  • Use right resume forms with different digital docks

  • Control privacy and reputation issues in online social job search

  • Avoid resume-killer mistakes you never knew about

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 6 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470873612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470873618
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Joyce Lain Kennedy is a nationally syndicated careers columnist appearing in newspapers and on Web sites across the country. The author of seven career management books, she has more than 30 years of experience in the career field.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jill Clardy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Johnson on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "christine28" on December 13, 1999
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
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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. I found the sections pertaining to digital resumes and searching the internet for jobs very helpful and packed full of great web sites! If you only buy one book make it this one and you won't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nancy H. Weimer on March 15, 2006
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I highly recommend that every job seeker, no matter what your status, read this book. No others will hold a candle to it. I would not be able to describe how much I would be struggling, if it were not for this book. Just take the time to relax, put your feet up and read it from cover to cover. Building my resume came next (I had never done one due to years of service at my previous employer) and I used so many tips in that book while writing it. It actually does a wonderful job of preparing you for all aspects of your job search.
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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By New Job Hunter on August 2, 2004
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While well-written and superbly organized, this book poorly met the needs of a recent graduate looking for work outside corporate world. A downright depressing read for those looking for a first job (treated as a "special need"), this book seems primarily designed for experienced sales and marketing professionals looking to move up in the corporate world. Those considering government work, having special needs other than "too much experience", or with a short work history should consider a different guide. (Incidentally, while the book left the impression I was unemployable, after ditching Resumes for Dummies, I was called for an interview on the first job I applied for.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ctreadw1@san.rr.com on February 12, 1999
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on March 22, 2012
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Having a resume professionally done is expensive. The Dummies people take the wisdom of the professionals and share it for under $11.00! As long as you can handle the typing and formatting yourself, you can find lots of styles of resumes to imitate here. One word of caution - resumes, like the job market, are constantly changing, so a book like this won't be good forever. But it's going to be relevant for quite some time and I found it very helpful in making my resume more eye-catching to potential employers.
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