You'll quickly see that when we start visiting resume sites, the commercial temperature rises considerably. As you go on these sites to avail yourself of the resources to be found there, you will have to wade through more than the usual number of offers for books, audiotapes, memberships, and so on. And of course, the materials offered for sale contain the two (or maybe it's seven; I forget) secrets that you absolutely must know
in order to achieve job-hunting success. You may be doomed to failure if you don't order today!
My advice to you is that if failure is the consequence of not ordering, risk the failure and save your money. Since there is so much free info about resumes on the Web, there's a good chance you'll stumble on those five (or was it eight?) secrets to success anyway. If you spend the requisite time and effort at this on your own, and eventually come to believe you need more assistance than free resources can provide, then you can always purchase later.
Here is a small sampling of what is available on the Internet regarding resumes:
If I were interested in putting an electronic resume on the Internet, and if I could visit only one site for guidance and help, JobStar would be it, no question. The site features excellent information about writing resumes for Net consumption. There are links to sample resumes, articles, and more. The subject of cover letters is also, um, covered.
Career Development eManual - Resumes & Cover Letters
From the Career Center at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, comes the section on resumes and cover letters. Leans a bit towards the graduating college student — it is a school, after all — but excellent all the same.
200 Letters for Job-Hunters
Turning from resumes to cover letters, here’s the best collection of them on the Internet. Author William S. Frank has put his entire book, 200 Letters for Job-Hunters, online for free. So now, if you want to write something during your job-hunt, but just don’t know how to write it, come to this site. There are cover letters galore, cold-call letters, thank-you letters (19 of them), letters helping you to leave a job gracefully, how to negotiate a pay raise, etc.
From the masters of business at the Wall Street Journal’s Career Journal, a series of articles pertaining to resumes. Most are short and to the point; you will need to read a number of them to get the big picture, but the picture is there.
From Regina Pontow’s Proven Resumes site, some very helpful articles about resume writing.
How to Write a Resume Masterpiece
An article from the Rockport Website. I particularly like the page with “power words” that you can incorporate.
Creative Job Search Online Guide - Resumes
In the job-search manual from Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, a good set of guidelines for resume writing, with excellent sample resumes.
From the Career Services office at Virginia Tech, this excellent article on cover letters, with samples of same, including email versions.
Tips on Resume Writing
This is not an article in itself, but a page of links to other sources, most of which are quite good.
15 Tips for Writing Winning Resumes
Okay, so it was fifteen. Nice little article.
On the bottom half of this Web page is a list of resume articles. Each examines one facet of writing a resume and associated activities; most are very helpful.
Beyond Resume Posting
Okay, you’ve posted your resume, now what do you do? A number of articles here on that subject.