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5.0 out of 5 stars Insider advice to what works, June 24, 2011
This review is from: Unbeatable Resumes: America's Top Recruiter Reveals What REALLY Gets You Hired (Paperback)
The first thing I did after reading Tony Beshara's Unbeatable Resumes was to dust off my own resume to see what I might do to improve it. What worked for me in the 90s is evidently passé now, as I quickly realized that a resume crafted 10 years ago won't cut it in today's employment marketplace.

In previous years, many people rewrote their resumes in the popular functional resume format. Beshara notes that it is still an acceptable approach for some job seekers, such as those looking to land their first job or those reentering the workforce after a lapse of time, but he endorses the reverse chronological format as the best choice for everyone else. Using a functional resume may raise a flag that the candidate has something to hide that is best covered up by omitting a timeline.

The author clearly lays out the reasons for this and other aspects of resume writing, based on his extensive career in finding jobs for others. In his role as a placement and recruitment specialist, he is in a prime position to see and critique resumes. He can also judge what works effectively from this vantage point by observing who gets an interview and who does not. And an interview is precisely the goal the resume is aimed for. Beshara makes that point up front--that a resume is only a tool to gain entry to the decision makers, not the tool to get a job.

One of the most interesting chapters in the book, in my estimation, is the one with Beshara's tabulations for his survey of over 3,000 hiring authorities regarding what they actually look for when reviewing resumes. These results bear out the author's admonishments about choosing a reverse chronology to document experience. Also supporting this is the percentage of reviewers who dislike long, unclear descriptions of jobs--something that is typical on a functional resume. Other observations from the survey criticize some of the customary elements for resumes; for instance, 95 percent of the respondents said they don't like objective or summary statements.

There is a substantial section that defines a step-by-step method to rewrite a resume into an effective one. What really helps the job hunter is the inclusion of many illustrative resumes--some in a "before" and a rewritten "after" format and some that are targeted to specific nontraditional occupations or conditions. What better way to write a successful resume than to see a template that an expert in the field has utilized.

With chapters on electronic submissions as well as how to leverage your resume through job boards, social media, and other technological avenues, this book is up-to-the-minute savvy. It should prove to be of immense help for someone like me who has an outdated resume, but also for anyone writing their first resume.
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Initial post: Jun 22, 2012 10:28:47 PM PDT
A. Maxwell says:
I hope all of these comments are sincere! Tony helped me find a couple of jobs in the software industry in Dallas in the 1990's. Now I'm looking for a new job in Wollongong Australia in disability/vocational counseling...

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