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  • Series: McGraw-Hill Professional Resumes
  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 3 edition (September 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071437371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071437370
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,007,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Running Beaver on December 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is completely useless for college graduates. It could be somewhat useful for high school graduates since it contains few pages on English grammar, proofreading and basic resume etiquettes. Why then I not give it a 1-star? One third of the sample resumes look pretty good which you can find online. The rest of the resumes are written for the HR's shredder. A college graduate gets more from their campus career center than this book. With so MANY resume books out there, this one is a complete waste of time.
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Unfortunately, I'll have to agree with the previous reviewer.

This book takes about 20 pages explaining what to write in a resume. The rest of the book is either samples of resumes (and a few cover letters) of college students/recent graduates, as well as blank space for you to jot down your own ideas for creating your resume. Those first 20 pages of tips are pretty useful.

The sample resumes are what I didn't like about this book. They're supposed to show what a good resume looks like, but most of the samples in the book are not good at all! Granted these are supposed to be resumes of people with no experience, but even a student in college should have SOME sort of experience they can include, even if it's not directly relevant to their desired job. Examples of what you can write if you have "no experience": your extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, volunteer work, honors and awards, class projects and presentations, skills, courses you took relevant to the job, and whatever else you have done. Any major volunteer or paid work you did in the past should have some bullet points under the job, detailing what your tasks and responsibilities were, and how you made a positive contribution to that place. A few of the samples in here have that material, but most don't.

The cover letters are pretty uninspiring as well. Most of them just summarize the applicant's educational background, which is info found in the resume anyway. While a great cover letter COULD have that info, it should really talk about the employer's requirements in a candidate, and how you match those qualifications. Most resumes and cover letters have too much white space, making them appear incomplete.
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