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Besson, Taunee.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1999]

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xvii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Includes index.
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Wall Street journal.
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Clearfield Library HF5383 .B435 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Career

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Don't just list your credentials--create resumes that get results! When it comes to your resume, one size doesn't fit all. You need a document that's uniquely your own, one that "hooks" prospective employers and proves you have the combination of skills, abilities, and experience they're looking for. Written by an award-winning columnist at the National Business Employment Weekly, today's leading career resource, this practical guide arms you with the latest techniques for researching and writing tailor-made, highly focused resumes that work like sophisticated sales tools, giving you a powerful competitive edge in today's aggressive job market. This updated edition includes new resumes from real-life candidates who sought and found jobs, with many "before and after" examples.
* Covers all types of resumes, including chronological, functional, and combination
* Outlines how to identify your most relevant skills and accomplishments
* Avoids the cookie-cutter approach to resumes, providing plentiful examples, ideas, and checklists to help you create a unique document
* Covers specialized resume categories, including first-time job seekers, homemakers returning to the work force, career changers, and even seasoned professionals
* Includes the real-life stories behind the model resumes--learn how people in similar circumstances changed their lives and moved on to better positions
* Shows how to prepare a scannable version of your document
* Teaches you how to effectively sell your unique talents and qualifications--even to the most demanding recruiter
Other National Business Employment Weekly Premier Guides currently available: National Business Employment Weekly Interviewing National Business Employment Weekly Cover Letters

Author Notes

Taunee S. Besson is a National Business Employment Weekly columnist and head of her own successful job search and career counseling firm in Dallas.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly Premier Guides are a series of career books to help people through "the entire job search process." Each paperback contains step-by-step checklists, case studies, anecdotes--and some very funny cartoons. Resumes explains what a resume can and can't do and offers about 50 model resumes: those for consulting, freelancing, volunteer and internal company use, for first-time job seekers, for women returning to the workforce, for career changers, and for seasoned professionals. Interviewing offers guidance on effective interview strategies. Hirsch, a career counselor and psychotherapist, tells what employers look for and how to prepare for an interview (research the company, anticipate objections, etc.). There are chapters on typical questions, not-so-typical questions, body English, dealing with the unexpected, the psychology of interviewing, questions the interviewee should ask, following up on an interview, and--should the interviewee be successful--evaluating job offers. Networking, by the head of a career counseling firm, starts by defining exactly what networking is and continues with advice on successful networking meetings, on building rapport, on following up, on planning and logistics, and on alternative approaches and techniques. ~--George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Targeted to professionals and managers, the National Business Employment Weekly has garnered a reputation, for its columns as well as its classifieds, as essential reading for job seekers who want insider secrets not found elsewhere. Now, with this series on various aspects of the job search, the NBEW is drawing on those very columnists. The format of each title is uniform: narrative plus checklists, tips, and even cartoons for each chapter. The content is less consistent. The best of the three is Hirsch's Interviewing. Although she skimps on interview preparation, Hirsch treats worst-case scenarios such as red flags, dealing with the unexpected, and how to handle being fired. Like other books on this subject, Interviewing addresses commonly and uncommonly asked questions and interview follow-up. As is generally the case, despite four options Hirsch has not found a satisfactory answer to the dreaded question, "What is your weakness?" Richardson's Networking offers much that has been written elsewhere, though he does promote a systematic approach to selecting, contacting, and following up leads. The weakest book in the series is Besson's Résumés, which offers little beyond basic information and so many tips from Robert Half that you might as well purchase one of his books. The format of the series and some of the insights make these good choices for white-collar job seekers and optional purchases for libraries.-Joshua Cohen, Mid-Hudson Lib. System, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Resume Angst...p. 1
... And Its Curep. 3
Reasons for Writing Resumesp. 3
A Note from the Authorp. 5
1 What a Resume Can and Can't Do for Youp. 9
To Whom It May Concernp. 10
I'm Availablep. 11
I'm OKp. 13
A Resume Doesn't a Job Search Makep. 13
A Resume Quizp. 13
2 Getting Organizedp. 19
Laying Your Resume Foundationp. 21
Your Functional and Transferable Skills Inventoryp. 24
Gathering Information to Tailor Your Resumep. 24
Resume Information from Information Interviewsp. 41
Resume Information from Executive Search Firmsp. 49
3 Resume Guidelinesp. 51
Tailor Your Resume to Employer Needsp. 51
Use Humor Sparinglyp. 55
Be Brief and Concisep. 55
Write Your Own Resumep. 56
Be Neat and Error Freep. 57
Prioritize Everythingp. 57
Make Your Resume Easy to Readp. 58
Omit Negative Informationp. 60
Curb Your Angerp. 61
Don't Make Demands of the Employerp. 61
4 The Parts of Your Resumep. 65
Your Name, Address and Phone Numberp. 65
Your Resume Objectivep. 66
The Professional Qualifications Brief (Summary of Qualifications)p. 70
Experiencep. 72
Educationp. 77
Organizationsp. 78
Awardsp. 79
Personal Datap. 79
Salary Historyp. 80
Reason for Leavingp. 81
Referencesp. 83
How to Find Resume Helpp. 84
5 The Chronological Formatp. 87
The Good Newsp. 87
The Bad Newsp. 88
Before-and-After Examplesp. 89
Success Storiesp. 103
Other Good Chronological Resumesp. 107
6 Functional Resumesp. 113
Experience by Functional Areap. 113
Experience by Job Objectivep. 114
The Prosp. 115
The Consp. 115
Example of a Personal Profilep. 116
Success Storiesp. 118
Other Good Functional Resumesp. 118
7 Hybrid Resumesp. 131
The Prosp. 131
The Consp. 132
Using the Same Experience in Chronological and Hybrid Formatsp. 132
Matching Functions to Objectivesp. 141
Success Storiesp. 145
Other Good Hybrid Resumesp. 151
8 Resumes for Consulting, Freelancing, Volunteer and Internal Company Usep. 161
Internal Resumesp. 162
Consultant Resumesp. 165
Freelance Resumesp. 173
Resumes for Board or Committee Positionsp. 177
9 Resumes for First-Time Job Seekers and Recent College Graduatesp. 181
Volunteer Workp. 181
A Variety of Useful Experience, Not Necessarily Paidp. 182
Educationp. 184
Honors and Awardsp. 185
Personal or Other Factsp. 185
Referencesp. 185
Before-and-After Resumep. 186
A Success Storyp. 187
Other Good Resumesp. 196
10 Resumes for Women Returning to the Paid Workforcep. 203
Volunteer Experiencep. 205
Hobbiesp. 206
Previous Paid Experiencep. 207
Success Storiesp. 208
Other Good Resumesp. 208
11 Resumes for Career Changersp. 217
Points to Ponderp. 218
Example Resumesp. 221
Military Resumesp. 226
12 Resumes for Seasoned Professionalsp. 235
Points to Ponderp. 235
Success Storiesp. 237
13 Scannable Resumesp. 249
What Is Resume Scanning?p. 250
Who Uses Resume Scanning and Whyp. 250
The Good News about Resume Scanningp. 252
And the Bad News ...p. 253
And Yet, There's Hope!p. 254
Dos and Don'ts for Writing Scannable Resumesp. 254
Scannable Resumes That Workp. 264
Other Resume Examplesp. 269
14 Resume Follow-Upp. 277
The Components of a Tracking Systemp. 278
Do You Want a Computerized or a Manual System?p. 281
Follow-Up Calls and Lettersp. 282
Indexp. 287

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