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Contents ***Proofreader: Insert page numbers below on second pass.*** Foreword xx Acknowledgments xx Introduction x How This Book Is Organized x This practical "idea book" of best resumes has three parts: Best Resume Writing Tips; a Gallery of 178 resumes written by 71 professional writers; and an Exhibit of 30 cover letters, together with tips for polishing cover letters. With this book, you have a treasury of quality resumes and cover letters that you can use as superior models for your own resumes and cover letters. Who This Book Is For x This book is for any job seeker who wants to know how the professionals write resumes. It's for active job seekers who want top-notch ideas for creating a first-rate resume in today's competitive job market. It's for all job seekers who must have an ahead-of-the-pack resume-from high school students looking for their first jobs to retirees wanting to stay employed. This book is also for career changers, those terminated by downsizing, and the overqualified, who must look in new directions and tailor their resumes in special ways. Because of the wealth of quality resume models in this book, it is for anyone who wants examples of top-quality resumes to create an outstanding resume. What This Book Can Do for You x This idea book can transform your thinking about resumes so that you have a better sense of what kind of resume is best for you and will help you schedule more interviews. Part 1: Best Resume Tips x Best Resume Tips at a Glance x Best Resume Tips x Best Resume Writing Strategies x In this section, you learn experience-tested resume-writing strategies, such as how to put the most important information about you as a worker near the top of your resume, how to highlight key information so that it is seen, and how to showcase your experience and skills. Best Resume Design and Layout Tips x This section shows you effective design techniques, such as how to use white space for an uncluttered look; how to use choice phrases from reference letters as testimonials in a resume; how to make decisions about fonts and typefaces; how to handle capital letters, underlining, italic, and boldfacing; and how to use graphic elements such as bullets, horizontal lines, vertical lines, and shaded boxes. Best Resume Writing Style Tips x To help you make your resume error-free, you learn in this section practical writing tips, such as how to use capital letters in computer terms; how to use hyphens in words and phrases; and how to use commas, semicolons, dashes, and colons correctly. Part 2: The Gallery xx The Gallery at a Glance xx How to Use the Gallery xx Resumes on Special Paper xx Special Paper Information xx Resumes Grouped by Occupational Fields Accounting xx Advertising/Promotion xx Communications xx Customer Service xx Design/Architecture xx Education/Training xx Engineering xxx Finance xxx Healthcare xxx Hospitality xxx Human Resources xxx Information Systems/Technology xxx Law xxx Law Enforcement xxx Management xxx Manufacturing xxx Media xxx Sales and Marketing xxx Part 3: Best Cover Letter Tips xxx Best Cover Letter Tips at a Glance xxx Best Cover Letter Writing Tips xxx Myths about Cover Letters xxx Tips for Polishing Cover Letters xxx A quality resume can make a great impression, but that impression can be ruined quickly by a poorly written cover letter. This section shows you how to eliminate common errors in cover letters. It amounts to a crash writing course that you won't find in any other resume book. After you read the following sections, you will be better able to write and polish any letters you create for your job search. Using Good Strategies for Letters xxx Using Pronouns Correctly xxx Using Verb Forms Correctly xxx Using Punctuation Correctly xxx Using Words Correctly xxx Exhibit of Cover Letters xxx In this section, you learn how to evaluate 30 sample cover letters that accompanied resumes featured in the Gallery. After you study this exhibit, you will have a better feel for designing your own cover letters to make them distinctive and effective. Appendix: List of Contributors xxx Occupation Index xxx Features Index xxx
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