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Resumes For Dummies, 7th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-98262-4
360 pages
July 2015
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Master the art of resume writing and boost your chances of getting hired

With unemployment rates still running high, getting an edge up on the competition in your field—whatever it may be—can be an intimidating and exhausting undertaking. Luckily, Resumes For Dummies is here to serve as your life raft as you navigate the murky waters of a modern-day job search. Inside, you'll find expert guidance on writing a winning resume that will set you head and shoulders above the crowd to land that elusive interview and get the job of your dreams.

There's nothing easy and breezy about looking for a new job—whether you currently have one or not. But rather than succumbing to the panic that might convince you to hide under the covers, Resumes For Dummies arms you with the confidence you need to write a resume that will have prospective employers knocking your at your door.

  • Includes tips on avoiding common resume-writing mistakes
  • Provides updates on the latest changes in the job market that you'll need to take into account when writing a resume
  • Outlines how to approach a lay-off in a professional light
  • Covers how to confront privacy and reputation issues in online social job search

Whether you're a recent graduate, second-timer looking for your next job, prime-timer who hasn't job-searched in decades, or the unfortunate victim of a lay-off, Resumes For Dummies takes the fear out of putting your skills on paper and sets you on the path to getting your foot in the door—and landing the job of your dreams.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Resumes 5

Chapter 1: Seeing How the Digital Age Is Changing the Job Chase 7

Chapter 2: Finding Your Next Job in the Wide World of Social Media 15

Chapter 3: Going Mobile: Resumes on Smartphones and Tablets 33

Chapter 4: Familiar Search Tools That Haven’t Gone Away 41

Chapter 5: Do Due Diligence, Ditch Digital Dirt 57

Part II: Pulling Together Your Winning Resume 67

Chapter 6: Selecting Your Best Resume Format 69

Chapter 7: The Pieces and Parts of Your Resume 85

Chapter 8: Getting the Details Down and Making Them Shine 107

Chapter 9: Get On Target With Your Resume! 123

Part III: Resume Strategies That Wow ’em Every Time 133

Chapter 10: Wow Words Work Wonders 135

Chapter 11: Refine Your Design for Great Looks 151

Chapter 12: Resumes for Life’s Changing Phases 163

Chapter 13: Overcoming Career Road Blocks with Your Resume 183

Part IV: Bringing It All Together: Sample Resumes 203

Chapter 14: A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes by Industry and Career Field 205

Chapter 15: A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes by Experience Level and Age 235

Chapter 16: A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes for Special Circumstances 263

Part V: The Part of Tens 297

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Improve Your Resume 299

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Up Your Odds of Landing the Job 303

Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Choosing Professional Resume Help 313

Chapter 20: Your Ten?]Point Resume Checklist 321

Appendix: Directory of Resume Writers 325

Index 331

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Author Information

Laura DeCarlo founded the global organization Career Directors International (CDI), LLC, which educates and certifies resume writers and career coaches. Laura's resumes have been featured in more than 20 resume and cover letter compendiums.

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