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DAMN GOOD RESUME GUIDE
Table of Contents
How I Came to Write The Damn Good Resume Guide, page 4
- About This New Edition, page 5
- TEN STEPS TO WRITING A GREAT RESUME
- Step 1 - Choose a job target, page 9
- "Yes, but ... I don't know what I want to do!"
- Guide for Informational Interviewing, page 11
- Step 2 - Find out what skills are needed, page 12
- Step 3 - Make a list of your strongest skills, page 13
- Step 4 - Identify your accomplishments, page 15
- Step 5 - Describe your accomplishments, page 19
- Step 6 - Make a list of past jobs, page 20
- Step 7 - Make a list of training and education, page 25
- Step 8 - Choose a resume format, page 27
- Step 9 - Arrange your action statements, page 29
- Step 10 - Summarize your key points, page 30
- SAMPLE RESUMES
- General resumes, page 34-51
- Josephine Teller, supermarket clerk (chronological example)
- Student resumes, page 52-56
- Sample resumes for teenagers exploring work for the first time
- Including one resume for a 14-year-old baby-sitter.
- Military transition resumes, page 57-61
- Appendix A - Action Verbs, page 62
- Appendix B - Skill Areas, page 63
- Appendix C - Recommendation Letter Guide, page 65
- Appendix D - Cover Letters, page 66-69
- Appendix E - The Acid Test: Employer Feedback, page 71-77
- Index, page 78
- THIS EDITION
- The Damn Good Resume Guide first came out in 1983 and was revised in 1986 and again in 1989. Now I have updated it again in 1996 to keep up with changing times and the current needs of job hunters.
- This edition has a number of important new features:
- a clearer and simpler ten-step approach to resume writing;
- many more creative solutions (at each step of the way I have anticipated your "Yes-But's -- problems you may run into in doing that step, such as lack of experience, lack of a job target -- and I have provided some creative ideas to resolve them);
- a new strategy for creating chronological resumes that are as dynamic and interesting as good functional resumes;
- more sample resumes for students and for military personnel transitioning to civilian jobs.
- Many of the features of earlier editions are still in this edition, namely the Action Verbs list, Skill Areas list, Cover Letters, Informational Interviewing, plenty of sample resumes, and The Acid Test: What Do Employers Think?, which I mentioned earlier.