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- Print Length: 106 pages
- Publisher: Ladders, Inc. (January 16, 2018)
- Publication Date: January 16, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07933JPCG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
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Ladders 2018 Resume Guide: Best Practices & Advice from the Leaders in $100K - $500K jobs (Ladders 2018 Guide) Kindle Edition
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He has written previously about not including salary figures in job applications and I certainly would not include my pay grade on a resume. But online recruiting software frequently asks for your salary expectations. This is a lazy way to determine whether a candidate is worth considering and it can knock you out of the running if you come in too high or too low.
Although Marc discusses the importance of keywords, he offers no help as to how you identify which keywords are important to a specific employer. Do you find them in the body of the job description, in the list of duties, in the required skills, or all three? Different job postings use different keywords for similar skills, so I make sure to use the ones relevant to that particular posting. Marc favors having one do-it-all resume, but I can’t imagine what that would look like if you include all possible keywords.
I understand the need to quantify your work experience with numbers, but some of us may have jobs that don’t lend themselves to analysis of results. Unless you have a job such as sales where there are set goals, milestones, rewards or recognition, it is hard to start using numbers to describe results in previous jobs.
I disagree with Marc’s finite list of success verbs. If he forbids the use of “manage,” there are few action substitutes for just getting the job done. Although they aren’t specific to a success, I also use verbs including Administered, Authored, Conceived, Created, Devised, Implemented and Initiated.
Finally, if a resume is based on the most recent 15 years of your career, I question the need to date yourself by listing the dates of degrees or other academic credentials that could be far in the past. I received a BA in 1971 when Nixon was in the White House. Who?
Pros: It is a quick and easy read that gives several practical takeaways to create a resume that ups your chances of getting a conversation with the hiring manager. It provides a step-by-step process to create a resume that is functional and serves its purpose.
Bottom line: This is not a blueprint to building a stand out resume, however it is probably some of the better advice you can get for 5 bucks. This guide may be better suited for someone earlier in their career than for those in the $100K-$500K range.
It is not for you if you are looking for a executive level position or of you have more than 20 years of experience. It does give this type of job seeker advice that is well worth the price of the book. Get a professional to help you craft a resume.
So four out of five stars.