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Resume Tips
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:

JobStar Central
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.

CareerJournal Resumes
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.

ProvenResumes
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.

Cover Letters
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.

Wetfeet Resumes
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.

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Some of the advice you'll get in these articles will be contradictory. When that happens, go with what your mind tells you makes the most sense. Also, here's a few other tips:
  • You should have two versions of your resume: one that you will use in the body of an email, and a nicer, more professional version that you will use for all other situations. Be sure and read the section in the Contacts chapter on Resumes and E-mail.
  • Experts differ on whether you should return to the job boards to "refresh" your resume; some career writers advise doing this every few days, so that employers won't view yours as being "old" or out of date. I don't advise doing this more often than every week or so; and when you do, be sure and remove the old one. Also, if you are hired somewhere, do everyone a favor and remove your resume from the boards where you posted it.
  • Don't apply to the same employer for more than one position, tweaking your resume each time to more closely match each job listing. This can only lead to problems.
  • When posting your resume online, there is nothing wrong with having a "keywords" line at the bottom of the page, where you list words, appropriate to your experience and skills, that are designed solely to snag the site's search engine when an employer is doing a resume search. Just write the word "Keywords", followed by a colon and the appropriate terms separated by commas. Preferably, these keywords should not take up more than a single line, two at the most. Remember, this is only for resumes posted online!
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