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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.
The artwork and writing style of this book make what is a normally a tedious task (writing a resume) into something that is actually fairly interesting and enjoyable. The content and examples in the book shows that Matthew obviously has quite a bit of experience with writing/reviewing resume.
If you're looking for a easy to read book that will help you create your resume to land an opportunity, you found it!
What I admire most about this book is that even though it’s genuinely insightful, informative, and comprehensive, it is also the type of book that feels far from a chore to read. With books of this nature I usually find myself getting burned out about half way through and, as a result, having a hard time concentrating – but with “The Resume Design Book” I found it relatively easy to stay focused and, most importantly, learn some valuable tips.
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.