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Resume Magic, 4th Ed: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer (Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer) Paperback – January 1, 2010
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This book is extensive, but well labeled. Start reading at the beginning, and every subject points you to the chapter with more information on that subject. Kind of like hyperlinks. That way you can look through at the major headings and pick and choose what you don't already know.
I took a prioritized approach, because I was in a little bit of a hurry. I took the resume section, picked a format based on my experience, then wrote a draft. From there, I went back and picked through the writing sections to make sure that I was on the right track. If you've read the examples, and the "before and after" sections, you'll probably have a good idea already what the big picture is. From then I went on to the section on cover letters and online job searching.
There are sections on virtually every subject of resume and cover letter writing, gathering references, job searching and interview preparation. Everything that you really need to get started, or just touch up on what you already know is well organized and labeled so that you can use it immediately. It's just what I was looking for, so that I wouldn't have to waste time reading the "full story" on each subject.
After following the advice in this book and sending out about 20 copies of my resume online, I had about 10 replies in the first week, and about 6 requests for interviews already.
Because, indeed, a resume now must look good enough so it will be read.
One chapter did nothing but help you choose which sections and section titles fit your situation. I found that weird, until I began the next chapter, which read, "Even experienced writers can feel some fear and trepidation when facing the start of a new project. You already have a good outline in which to work (chapter 4), which puts you beyond the 'blank sheet of paper' stage."
Inside the "tweaking" section, she even gives the keystrokes you'll use for both Microsoft Word and Corel WordPerfect.
You'll also find 250 "impact-mining questions" to ask yourself to come up with powerful accomplishment statements. Is that a lot? Well, no, but it gives you a good start! When you expect a resume-writing book to have a list of action verbs, Susan diligently wrote a impressive example for each verb.
I do not agree with her treatment of ASCII resumes, though. Of course, her discussion on online promotion and online resume submittal has grown stale; her ideas on "keyword resumes" is as outdated as advice on META TAGS on web pages.
Bulky... comprehensive... a great workbook.
Pat Kendall, Nationally Certified Resume Writer
Susan Britton Whitcomb teaches the reader how to catalog their background, write great copy, choose a flattering format, and design a visually artistic resume. She leaves no how-to stone unturned: JIST cards, reference lists, action verbs, sample phrases, electronic resumes, cover letters, you name it!
[It's] a small price to pay considering the hundreds of samples, suggestions, and strategies Susan offers. Money well-spent indeed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After using this book, a job recruiter told me that mine was the best resume he had ever seen.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Could use more samples earlier chapters. Great resource to have and refer back to update or revise resume and/or cover letter.Published 1 month ago by Judo
Some of the information is outdated. I took bits and pieces of advice from the book, while ignoring others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by reut
Some have claimed that there is too much information in these books, but I disagree. It is an excellent source for the job seeker. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John C.
It is always nice to be made aware of the new trends in Resume writing. I found this book quite helpful!Published 8 months ago by Pauline L.
Nothing new. Still searching for the thing that gets my resume beyond the receptionist.Published 10 months ago by Rudi