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Unbeatable Resumes: America's Top Recruiter Reveals What REALLY Gets You Hired Paperback – June 16, 2011
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“A must-have guide….Beshara's a proven super talent. Read him.” - Joyce Lain Kennedy, nationally syndicated columnist, Tribune Media Services
What does Tony Beshara do that most résumé “experts” don’t? While the experts write résumés all day, Tony—the veteran placement specialist featured regularly on the Dr. Phil show—actually uses them to get people jobs.
With Unbeatable Résumés, Tony dissects and discusses real-life résumés for jobs in a wide range of industries from healthcare to banking, construction to technology, administration to sales and marketing, and more. The book shows readers how to build a powerful résumé, utilize keywords effectively, use gaps and job changes to their advantage, and pair their résumés with concise, dynamic cover letters. He complements his expertise (he has personally placed more than 8,500 professionals) with the results of a survey of more than 3,000 managers, executives, HR specialists, and other hiring authorities about what gets résumés read, interviews granted, and jobs offered.
Readers will learn:
• The critical components of well-written résumé
• How to ensure their résumé actually gets read... by the right people
• What employers look for, and what turns them off
• How to customize a résumé for a particular job
• The truth about video résumés, job-search websites, and social networking sites like FaceBook, LinkedIn, andMySpace
• And much more
Unbeatable Résumés shows job seekers of all types how to present themselves in the best possible light…for the best possible position.
Top Customer Reviews
Yeah, it could be coincidence. And no, I'm not generally enamored of folks touted by Dr. Phil as experts in anything. I'm also not sold on the idea that 3000 businesses in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are generally representative of the entire US hiring population.
What I can tell you though, especially since the economy has made me into a semi-professional job hunter, is that I have seen a marked difference in response to this book's suggested format as compared to my previous resume format. And that the previous format was one that most other resume books and online resume advisers recommend. As always with these things, your mileage may vary.
In previous years, many people rewrote their resumes in the popular functional resume format. Beshara notes that it is still an acceptable approach for some job seekers, such as those looking to land their first job or those reentering the workforce after a lapse of time, but he endorses the reverse chronological format as the best choice for everyone else. Using a functional resume may raise a flag that the candidate has something to hide that is best covered up by omitting a timeline.
The author clearly lays out the reasons for this and other aspects of resume writing, based on his extensive career in finding jobs for others. In his role as a placement and recruitment specialist, he is in a prime position to see and critique resumes. He can also judge what works effectively from this vantage point by observing who gets an interview and who does not. And an interview is precisely the goal the resume is aimed for. Beshara makes that point up front--that a resume is only a tool to gain entry to the decision makers, not the tool to get a job.
One of the most interesting chapters in the book, in my estimation, is the one with Beshara's tabulations for his survey of over 3,000 hiring authorities regarding what they actually look for when reviewing resumes. These results bear out the author's admonishments about choosing a reverse chronology to document experience.Read more ›
If you can only afford one book for your job search, then this should be that book-Without the best Resume, you may not even get the interview. And of course if you get the interview, read "Acing the Interview", another excellent book.
Acing the Interview: How to Ask and Answer the Questions That Will Get You the Job
The Top Ten (BIG) Mistakes of Resume Writing; Straight Talk About Your Resume (From a Guy Whose Living Depends on Using Them); Surprising Facts About Your Resume Audience; The Resumes 3,000 Hiring Authorities Want to See; Key Features of the Most Effective Resumes; The Basic Resume and Some Resume Makeovers; Sample Traditional Resumes; Nontraditional Resumes; E-Mailing Resumes, Cover Letters, and Attachments - Increasing the Chances Your Resume Will Get Read; Leveraging Your Resume; How to Handle Common Resume Problems (Too Many Jobs, Employment Gaps, Changing Careers, Relocating, etc); The Top Ten Rules (You Now Know) of Resume Writing; Index
Beshara uses his many years of experience and expertise to great advantage here. He talks about what hiring managers expect and want (backed up by interviews and surveys), and translates that into how those desires affect you when it comes to your resume. He doesn't pull any punches (as in the chronological vs. functional resume format), yet his opinions and recommendations are practical and reasoned. You may not agree or you may want to cling to your own resume style and ideas, but keep in mind he's been doing this type of stuff for *far* longer than you have.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So helpful to see so many well done examples of how to do a good resume.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
Though written in 2007...I think...he gets right to the point...no flowery stories...but compares bad to great...so one can easily see difference.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book helped me get my newest job, without question. In addition to giving you great resume writing advice, it also contains many helpful interviewing and job search tips. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Krystal
Very useful information. It is helping me in many aspects to bring out a best resume.
Lots of examples that can be helpful to edit your content and form.Published 20 months ago by Jan L Edmonds
I thought this book was too long ,and way too much information. Be good if you want to be a world leader...Published 20 months ago by Deborah
Easy to navigate through! We'll organized, thorough, and clear information with examples and non-examples of a great resume. Worth purchasing!Published 22 months ago by a rose 22