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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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Resume Magic combines great tips with before-and-after resumé transformations to explain the nuts and bolts of resume creation. Author, Susan Britton Whitcomb connects professional techniques with actual examples to demonstrate why the techniques work. Any college student, recent graduate, or job-seeking adult will use the strategies and advice provided in this book a thousand times over. As part of the popular Magic series, this fourth edition discusses the changing role of the resume amid new online uses and personal branding applications.
About the Author
Susan Britton Whitcomb has provided career management strategies to people who want to move their career forward faster for more than 20 years. Susan speaks nationally on the topic of career management. She is past president of Career Masters Institute, the job seeker s go-to resource for trusted career experts; founder of Career Coach Academy, a training center and think-tank for quality career coaches; and principal of California-based Whitcomb Career Consulting.
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Her information is straightforward and her examples and templates are easy to follow. I took one of her templates and just added in the same information from my resume with a few tweaks, but that has made all of the difference. Since revising my resume this past summer, I have received three interviews and have been told numerous times that I have an impressive resume! And yet my credentials are the same - I've just arranged them in a coherent way.
This book is best for experienced professionals who may not have worked on a resume in awhile and want to quickly update and improve their resumes and coverletters. I don't think it would be as effective for recent college graduates looking for a first position, although her information on the importance of selling yourself and thinking of your resume as an advertising document are good advice for anyone at any stage of their career.
Note the book is huge!
I downloaded the Kindle edition to my iPad and I was able to zoom and magnify the charts and sample resumes with no problem. They were still clear and readable. My only gripe about the Kindle edition is that the headlines for each chart/resume/graph are on the following page (not on the same page as the actual chart). It got quite confusing at times. The author does offer templates of resumes included in the book on her website that you can download in Microsoft Word but make sure you are using a newer version of Word.
Due to the wealth of information in this book, I wish I also had a hard copy since she would often have you jump to different pages of the book which can be quite a hassle to do electronically. One thing I would have liked to see was more of a variety of occupations represented in the book. Not everyone is a salesperson, high-level executive, or IT consultant. Even in spite of that, I was still able to walk away with a new and improved resume for my profession utilizing the steps Whitcomb outlined.
I had also downloaded a copy of "Headhunter Hiring Secrets: The Rules of the Hiring Game Have Changed...Forever" by Skip Freeman along with Whitcomb's book and I am now utilizing some of Freeman's strategies. I feel really confident at this point but "the proof is in the pudding" so only time will tell if I can finally land a new job.
Following (even slowly) this book's recommendation you can avoid paying $200-400 (for one resume) Certified Resume Writing
services and significantly improve your resume yourself.
According to Tony Beshara's "Unbeatable Resumes" (Amacom, 2011, also bought on Amazon), most hiring managers dislike
professionally (by Certified Resumes Writers) made resumes, and they prefer to see candidates' resume made on their own