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"A masterpiece on resume writing." -- David F. Noble, Ph.D., author, Gallery of Best Resumes

"The most comprehensive book ever written on resume writing and a vital addition to every job seeker's library!" -- Wendy S. Enelow, author, executive resume writer and career consultant

"Whitcomb has created the gold standard in resume guides." -- Katherine Hansen, author of Dynamic Cover Letters, Dynamic Cover Letters for New Graduates, and A Foot in the Door: Networking Your Way into the Hidden Job Market

"Whitcomb's before-and-after examples are reminiscent of Houdini!" -- Darrell W. Gurney, CPC, JCTC, RSCP; author, Headhunters Revealed!
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Product Details

  • Series: Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer
  • Paperback: 585 pages
  • Publisher: JIST Works; 3 edition (September 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593573111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593573119
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great book that can help you be positioned at the top of the file for the interview.

Whatever your skills or expertice, if it does not draw attention you run the risk of being ignored. yet, how many of us are into copy techniques? I have been in sales all my life, and to sell myself in a resume manner was a tough assignment. Im glad this book gives you the insights and the tips to tailor your abilities to what you are truly looking for, this is what is good about it, honest work with yourself to convey the right marketing.

results? even phone interviews from Australia.
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By using the suggestions for organizing and presenting information in this book, I have a whole new appreciation for the things I've managed to accomplish over the years. Nearing retirement age, with five successful careers behind me and another just starting up, I still found little niches of self-defeating behavior, ways in which I was emphasizing the wrong thing or ignoring key accomplishments.

More than just a guide to resumes, this book helped me see that the new career change will bring my work life a lot closer to my core values; and it showed me clearly how to be successful from the very start.
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A month ago my department of 33 people was notified that our work would be decentralized throughout our company. Regardless of if we were interviewing internally or externally, we all needed to update our resumes.

After volunteering to review my colleagues' resumes I searched the internet for some pointers and found Resume Magic. I purchased Resume Magic that same afternoon and it has been open on my desk ever since.

Resume Magic includes *everything* I needed help with - and things I hadn't thought of! Examples of different formatting options, lists of action verbs, impact mining exercises, how to address issues with education, and especially the before/after examples have been tremendously helpful. I was able to take a boring page of bulleted lists of previous job responsibilities and turn it into an enticing profile that told the story of employment, highlighting unique nuances of skills that offered an employer a colorful, complete picture of the employees' qualifications.

Resume Magic provides a comprehensive, practical guide to resume writing. Having solid, good looking, effective resumes has done wonders for the confidence (and future employment!) of my team.
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Very thick book with lots to read. If you are looking for a book to help you write a killer resume, then this book is for you. If you are looking for a book to help you write a quick resume, then there are other, more basic books for you. I landed a great job using the information in this book. I read it for about three months before writing it though.
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I found this book helpful. Its full of great resume writing tips, but you have to read through alot of fluff to find them. While I appreciate the author wanting to explain the psychology behind her techniques, she spends a great deal of time discussing product ads (unrelated to resumes) and gives alot of "see how this helped Tom, Dick and Jane" stories that really don't provide any added benefit to the reader, in my opinion. I would prefer the author impart her knowledge in a direct, no non-sense manner. I do like that this book provides alot of before and after resume transformations, and encourages you to develop your own authentic resume, rather than ripping one off from the book. However the book could be reduced to one-third of its size without loosing any of its vital information.
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The is quite simply the best book on resume writing I've ever read. I've worked in HR for over 20 years, and I've never seen anything like this. Well worth the money. So far, I've used this book to write four resumes for family and friends, all of which have resulted in jobs.

If I could have given this book 7 stars, I would have.
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Resume Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer (Resume Magic Trade Secrets of a Professional Resume Writer)

Did you know...Most resumes are not read completely, large companies sometimes use computers to scan for "key words" planted throughout resumes to compile a initial list of candidates, employers want to see hard-hitting bottom-line numbers that show proof of your past performance, and that and resume writing has its own grammar and punctuation rules?

I have a B.S. in journalism, mass communications and public relations and the above information regarding resumes(included in this book) was all new to me.

I bought this book to update my husband's 7-year-old "just-out-of-college" resume to reflect the executive management status and impressive accomplishments he's attained in his career in the last seven years. He is not changing jobs, just needing a "grown-up" resume to submit for a college master's program. Reading this book cover to cover and writing a brand-new resume from scratch was not only fun for me, but my husband can now "see" his past seven years' accomplishments. He not only has a resume that he's confident would "wow" employers if he ever decides to seek a job elsewhere, but putting his talents, skills and passions into writing also refocused and renewed his career direction and passion.

Susan Whitcomb, author, is very thorough and explores all options of resume writing. I personally appreciated a chapter devoted to resume "sytle" writing. Yes, like newspaper reporting, resume writing has it's own list of separate writing rules, and she covers them all.
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