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The Resume Design Book: How to Write a Resume in College & Influence Employers to Hire You [Color Edition] Paperback – April 2, 2015
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-Matthew T. Cross, "The Resume Design Book"
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The Resume Design Book takes a product development and project management approach to educating college students on how to start their career off on the right foot by building and continuously improving their ideal resume.
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The thought of writing a resume and cover photo often change my mind about whether or not I want to apply. Putting into words exactly what I want to say doesn’t always happen. I regularly have the thought that if they just gave me the job they would see how awesome an employee I am. Unfortunately employers cannot close their eyes and simply imagine what I can do for them.
When I read about The Resume Design Book by Matthew Cross, I decided it would be a good opportunity for me to create a new resume. The Resume Design Book is a non-fiction graphically rich manual using design-thinking to write resumes, and is specifically targeted at those still in college.
The book arrived on a Friday and I had read it cover to cover by Saturday afternoon. It is a short (126 pages) and easy read, with plenty of helpful information. Some of the information was not applicable to me because I was not a recent college graduate, but I was easily able to adjust it to work for my particular life circumstances.
Once I finished reading The Resume Design Book, I pulled up my own resume. The first changes I noticed that needed to be made were the font, the word count, which was was too high and the creation of a summary to target the most critical information. I started cutting things out, re-arranging and deciding what really defined my skills.
After I had my new draft ready I sent it to Matt for his feedback. His advice was very helpful:
“I looked over your sample resume and have some constructive feedback:
1. Prioritize sections to what's important to your clients. I'd put Education after Certifications and Experience.
2. I love Army National Guard on there, but it doesn't quite fit with your other work experience. I'd rename "volunteer work" to "Leadership Experience" and place it within that grouping.
3. Try to condense the information in "owner & fitness pro" and "corporate wellness fitness specialist"
4. This will open up more room to expand upon "owner and health coach." Try a few bullets that answer "what do I do that my potential customers find most valuable?"
5. Center align your heading
It's certainly a multiple iteration process but that is how I would approach your resume for another review cycle; manageable priorities. As I say in the book, interpret that criticism for your liking, I hope to open some new ideas and direction through it. Make the changes you feel confident rationalizing.”
I took Matt’s constructive feedback and made more changes. I focused my resume towards prospective clients for my small business. I feel I learned a lot from this experience and my current resume fully resembles my strengths.
Alright, moving on to the rest of the book!
This is actually a pretty interesting take on writing a resume. I've been on both sides of the board, both applying and hiring. Reading resumes can become dull because it's so repetitive. You want someone who sticks out and really calls to you. If you're applying for the job, that means you want it! If you want it, you need your resume to be written in a manner to give you the highest odds of being hired!
The design here uses sticky notes, which is actually pretty brilliant. You put a sticky note on the page and answer the questions asked on that page. Then later one, you go through and organize and strategize. Then you build your resume from the sticky notes. For you newfangled technology people (yes! you!), there are scan codes that will take you online and show you more examples and give you more information. That way, as you're going through each section, you can get the most from your book!
The most important lesson that can be taken from this book comes near the end. It teaches you how to tailor-fit your resume for the job you're applying for. You ain't gotta lie! You ain't gotta lie! Let Cross teach you how to properly show your skills to your prospective employer without stretching the truth to its limits.
This is one for my keeper shelf. Though I don't currently need to build a resume, I might later on. It's one of those things where you never know when someone is going to need it. If you're currently hunting for your dream job and don't seem to be having much success, this could be a great path for you to start on. It's easy to read, concise and makes a lot of sense. It doesn't necessarily dumb things down, but it does take it down to the basics and simplifies the process.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Not only does the book provide solid tips and techniques for writing a resume, it does so in a way that is almost entertaining. It uses stories and illustrations to drive the points across, and does so quite effectively. “The Resume Design Book” is truly written for the novice resume writer, but even seasoned professionals can learn from the tricks and tips Matthew Cross embeds within the pages of the book.
“The Resume Design Book” is well written, perfectly organized, and wonderfully illustrated. It may seem unusual for a book on writing a resume to be illustrated, but Cross pulls it off and leaves you with a book that perfectly meshes the written word with the illustrated example, so you can quickly and easily learn how to craft a winning resume. I strongly recommend this book to anybody who wants to either learn how to write a resume or wants to brush up on their resume skills.