REAL-WORLD TESTED JOB SEARCH
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My book, The Resume Writing Guide, turns the daunting chore of creating a resume into a series of small, achievable tasks. It is the only book I know of that clearly and painlessly takes you one step at a time from staring at a blank screen to completing a winning resume.
Using this book is like a having a career coach by your side guiding you through every step of the process. It shows you exactly how to prepare a resume that shows you at your absolute best.
The Resume Writing Guide follows the process I have used for over ten years to write effective resumes for all kinds of people from all walks of life. It starts with the first question I ask every client - What type of job do you want to target? - and continues through the process one step at a time, one small task at a time, until you have created your own resume that works based on your own individual career history.
I'm happy to report that on Friday I was offered the position of Environmental Planner at a local company. It is just the job I was looking for. I wanted to thank you for your very helpful advice. My resume is much better than it was a month ago.
When Thomas came to me, he was homeless, and he hadn't worked in over two years. He also lived in a city where jobs were hard to come by. Although he had a lot of barriers to finding a job, he was incredibly motivated to get back to work and turn his life around.
We worked together to create a resume that highlighted his skills and strengths and downplayed the gap in his employment history and his unfinished high school diploma.
Within about three weeks he came back to my office to thank me and tell me he was working at a great job! The new resume, along with his hard work and motivation, did the trick!
Your assistance was very much welcome at a most difficult part of my work life. Actually, one I would have preferred not to have experienced... being unemployed. Please accept my warmest thanks and heartfelt gratitude.
When Stephen first came to see me, he had been out of work for many months and was in real financial distress. He had worked as an automotive mechanic for several years, but because of a back injury, he was no longer able to do that job.
Stephen wanted to work in small engine repair because the physical demands of that job were manageable, and his skills as an automotive mechanic would transfer well. Unfortunately, he had not been able to make what should have been a simple career shift.
Somewhere along the way, Stephen had paid a "professional" resume writer who gave him terrible advice.
I wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you for the excellent information. It is extremely helpful and timely!! You certainly demonstrate enthusiasm, along with a large knowledge base.
She had removed all of his work history from his resume because his experience was different from the new job he was seeking. So Stephen, a man with excellent experience very closely related to the work he was seeking, had been sending employers resumes with absolutely no work experience listed on it.
We worked together to add his experience back into his resume and improved the points describing his skills so they were more specific and also relevant to his new career. He was interested in applying to a maintenance job at a local golf course, so we made sure the resume was highly targeted to that job.
A few weeks later, Stephen told me had been hired at the golf club. The job was a perfect fit for him, and he was thrilled to be working at a job that was suitable for his physical limitations and a good fit with his skills, and he was completely relieved to be earning a reliable income again.