If you need help writing a resume that gets noticed in this digital age, check out Guide to Rethinking Resumes by Richard N. Bolles. Here is our book review.
From the 1950s until the 2000s, resumes followed a standard format with printed paragraphs of experience and ordered lists of employment dates. The Web changed all that with rich multimedia resumes, infographic resumes, and computer scanning software. These changes left many people unsure of the best way to present their resumes.
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How does a job seeker make a good first impression when dealing with a computer? That is where Richard Bolles' book, What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Rethinking Resumes comes in with some valuable advice.
This book will not give you a quick fix for your resume. This is not a book to casually read, gain a few tips, and find ready-made resume templates. What you will find are worksheets, questions, and a guide that will help you rethink your resume and help you get noticed in the job market.
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This is a workbook to keep close at hand while you construct resumes that are customized for your job search. Inside the pages of this book, you will find a wealth of valuable information that will help get your resume to the top of the pile. Learn how to:
- Format your resume to make it easily scanned by a person and easily read by computer scanning software.
- Find key words that promote you as being the best candidate for the job.
- Clean up your presence in Google's search results and delete those embarrassing moments.
- Show potential employers that you will add value and profitability to their business.
- Maximize your job search efforts and increase your chances of landing a job by targeting jobs and employers.
- Avoid words that make hiring managers cringe and get resumes tossed in the trash.
The Starter Kit of 45+ Questions will have you answering questions about every aspect of your personal and professional life. This is a terrific way to search your soul, bring out your best, and find ideas to spark your resume creativity. Here is a sampling:
- Volunteer, community, and unpaid work has value. Tell prospective employers about your experience with special needs children, feeding the homeless, or making baby blankets for low income families.
- School achievements are important. Good grades, scholarships, and awards can win points if you are new to the job market.
- If you've been in sales, get out your sales figures. Come in under budget? Talk about it. Beat any sales records? Show the numbers.
- Computers are everywhere. List your experience whether it is in programming, social media, or word processing.
- Are you a mechanic or an engineer? Talk about your projects and the machinery you operate. Tell prospective employers of your promotions to lead and supervisory positions.
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