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Resume Makeover: 50 Common Problems with Resumes and Cover Letters - and How to Fix Them 50 Common Problems with Resumes and Cover Letters - and How to Fix Them

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ISBN-10: 0071410570

ISBN-13: 9780071410571

Edition: 2003

Authors: John Marcus

List price: $21.00
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John Marcus offers readers vital career information, but with a solution-oriented approach. He identifies the 50 most common problems people face in writing their resumes, and offers answers for each one.
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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 5/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Writing Your Resume and Cover Letters
What This Book Is All About
Creating Your Resume
The Experience Section
The Education Section
The Secondary Sections
The Introductory Section
Resume Mechanics
Writing High-Impact Cover Letters
Fixing the 50 Common Problems in Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
Problems with Presenting Work Experience in Resumes
Omitting an Introductory Section
Writing Too Lengthy an Introductory Section
Using a Typical Introductory Section
Stating Responsibilities, Not Accomplishments
Stating Accomplishments Only in General Terms
Placing Most Important Accomplishments at End of Discussion of Experiences
Presenting Work Experience in Chronological Order
Providing Only Job Titles, with No Discussion of Activities
Providing Only Job Functions, with No Discussion of Activities
Offering Too Much Information on Employers, Responsibilities, and Activities Performed
Providing a Narrative Discussion That Summarizes an Entire Career
A History of Job Hopping
Numerous Periods of Unemployment
Stating Reasons for Each Job Change
Being Close to or Past Retirement Age
A History of Unrelated Positions
Lacking the Experience a Position Traditionally Requires
Required Experience Appears in an Early Job
Recent Decreases in Responsibility
The Resume Contains an Embarrassing Position
Dividing Key Accomplishments between Resume and Cover Letter
Problems with Clarity and Word Choice in Resumes
Failure to Discuss Accomplishments in Statements Beginning with Action Verbs
Word Repetition, Especially in Beginning Statements
Using "I" and "My," Especially to Begin Statements
Beginning Statements in an Inconsistent Way
Continuous Use of Cliches and Buzz Words in Introductory Section
Using Unclear, Confusing, or Generally Poor Language
Making Rambling Statements Versus Crisp, Concise Ones
Problems with Composition/Appearance/Formatting in Resumes
Four or More Pages in Length
Insufficient White Space
Lacking Bold Type to Highlight Key Parts of the Resume
Excessive Use of Bold Type
Using a Fancy Font
Using Multiple Fonts
Using Extra Large Type
Using Too Small Type
Writing a One-Page Accomplishments-Focused Resume
Experience Presented in Paragraph Form and Without Bullets
Utilizing a Two-Column, Multiple-Font Format
Utilizing the Functional Format
Utilizing the Accomplishments Format
Placing a Border on a Resume
Cover Letter Problems
Writing Too Brief a Letter
Omitting Accomplishments and Stating Only Responsibilities
Writing a Letter Devoid of Enthusiasm
Beginning a Letter with Philosophical, Global Statements
Providing a Career Summary in Chronological Order
Offering a Narrative Presentation with Excessive Use of "I" and "My"
Focusing on Personal Needs, Not on Value Being Offered
Writing a Two-Page Letter