Table of Contents
   Plan to Succeedp. 1
      Winning Resume Wisdomp. 3
         The Commandmentsp. 3
         Thou Shalt Not Write About Your Pastp. 4
         Thou Shalt Not Confessp. 5
            Shooting Yourself in the Footp. 5
            Get Your Priorities Straightp. 5
            Drop Irrelevant Infop. 6
            Understate Too Much Experiencep. 6
         Thou Shalt Not Write Job Descriptionsp. 7
         Thou Shalt Not Write About Stuff You Don't Want to Dop. 7
         Thou Shalt Say Less Rather Than Morep. 8
            The Eight-Second Testp. 8
            Goody Two-Pagesp. 8
         Thou Shalt Not Write in Paragraphsp. 9
         Thou Shalt Not Liep. 9
      Chronologically Speakingp. 19
         Highlighting Your Historyp. 19
         The Horizontal Slidep. 21
         Vertical Climbp. 21
         A Strong Startp. 22
         Getting Labeledp. 22
         Background Checkp. 22
         Conservative Linep. 22
         Get It Togetherp. 23
      Get Functionalp. 31
         The Times Are a Changin'p. 31
         The Career Changer's Dreamp. 33
         Skills Up Front and Centerp. 33
         Re-Entry with Forcep. 33
         Long, Long Agop. 35
         Best Foot Forwardp. 35
         Into the Real Worldp. 35
         Fill In the Gapp. 36
         Decisions, Decisions!p. 36
   Six Steps to a Perfect Resumep. 45
      Step One: Name That Resumep. 47
         Putting Things in Placep. 47
         What's in a Name?p. 48
            Giving a Clear Signalp. 48
            Keep 'Em Guessingp. 48
         Showing Off Credentialsp. 50
         Home Sweet Homep. 50
         I've Got Your Numberp. 51
            E-Mail Giveawayp. 52
            Hot URLsp. 52
      Step Two: Ask for What You Want ... You Just Might Get Itp. 55
         It's All Marketingp. 55
         Multiple Choicep. 56
         The Weight of a Job Objectivep. 56
         Wording with an Objectivep. 58
            Straight as an Arrowp. 59
            Spreading Your Umbrellap. 59
         Breaking the Rulesp. 59
            Titles That Talk Bigp. 60
            Heading Within a Headingp. 60
      Step Three: Knock 'Em Off Their Feetp. 65
         Right from the Startp. 65
         Say It with Stylep. 67
         Keeping Up with the Fast Trackersp. 68
         On the Lines of a Career Changerp. 68
         Go Figurep. 69
      Step Four: Make Historyp. 75
         Location, Location, Locationp. 75
         Writing Historyp. 78
         Fight Age Discriminationp. 78
            Putting Your Younger Foot Forwardp. 79
            Older Is Betterp. 79
            Down and Dirty Formulap. 80
         Unsightly Unemployment Blemishesp. 80
            Years Go Solop. 80
            Filling In the Gapsp. 81
            Character That Countsp. 81
            The Gapless Resumep. 82
         Promoting Your Promotionsp. 82
            Grass Underfootp. 83
            Straight Upp. 83
            Zipping Alongp. 83
         The Happy Job-Hopperp. 84
         Formatting Tricksp. 84
      Step Five: Show 'Em You're an Achiever!p. 91
         Chronologically Clearp. 91
         Functionally Soundp. 93
         Functional Helpp. 93
            One Plus One Is Enoughp. 93
            Skills for Salep. 95
         Dynamite Achievementsp. 96
         Who's Your Audience?p. 97
            Downplay Differencesp. 97
            Keep It Relevantp. 97
            First Things Firstp. 98
         Lights, Camera, Action Verbs!p. 99
         How'd the Other Guys Say It?p. 101
         Brainstormingp. 102
         Warning! Functional Resume Aheadp. 103
      Step Six: Give Yourself Credit for Education and Morep. 105
         Finish Linesp. 105
         Education 101p. 107
         What If?p. 107
            Hot College Degreesp. 107
            Getting Credit for Your Pending Degreep. 108
            Interpreting Degree Equivalentsp. 108
            Don't Have a Degree?p. 108
            Yahoo! Just Got My High School Diplomap. 108
            The Not-So-New High School Diplomap. 109
         The Last Wordp. 109
            Volunteerism That Pays Offp. 109
            Professional Schmoozerp. 109
            Getting Publishedp. 109
            Standing Up for Your Awardp. 110
            Key Point: Your Computer Skillsp. 110
            Making a Hobby of Itp. 110
            Anything Missing?p. 110
         What's Better Left Unsaidp. 111
            Money Talkp. 111
            Referring to Referencesp. 111
            Forget the Personal Stuffp. 111
   So You Need a Special Resumep. 121
      The Big Winner: An Achievement Resumep. 123
         This Resume Packs a Punch!p. 123
         Asking the Right Questionp. 124
         Oooh, You're Going to Look Great!p. 124
            The Perfect One-Pagerp. 124
            Quality vs. Quantityp. 126
            Professional Titles Countp. 126
            Number One in Salesp. 126
         It's Your Turn to Shinep. 126
      A Chronological Hybrid That Adds Upp. 133
         It's Got Structurep. 133
         Are You the Hybrid Type?p. 134
            Climbing Higherp. 134
            Variations on a Themep. 134
            The Hidden Functional Messagep. 136
            Standing Stillp. 136
         Putting Words on Paperp. 136
      A Functional Hybrid That Makes Sensep. 143
         The Skillful Hybridp. 143
         Looking the Partp. 145
         Conservative Employer Alert!p. 145
         Red Flags Downp. 146
         Giving Order to Chaosp. 146
         Getting Down to Itp. 146
      When You Really Are a Brain Surgeon: The Curriculum Vitaep. 151
         Curriculum Vitae vs. Resumep. 151
            When More Is Morep. 152
            Just the Factsp. 152
            No Objectionsp. 152
            No Need to Summarizep. 153
         Freedom of Formatp. 153
         Hanging Out Your Laundryp. 153
            Good Schoolingp. 154
            Are You Published?p. 154
            Putting On a Showp. 154
            Joining the Teamp. 155
            Hangin' with the Right Folksp. 155
         Forget Anything?p. 155
         High Marks for a University Instructorp. 156
         Create Your CVp. 156
   Wrapping It Upp. 163
      The Big Productionp. 165
         Designer Resumesp. 165
            Fancy Fonts and Practical Printp. 166
            Serif's Up!p. 166
            Simply Sans Serifp. 166
            Does Size Matter?p. 167
            Sharp-Shooting Bulletsp. 167
            Shady Barsp. 167
            Spacing Outp. 168
         Resume Realityp. 169
            Mastering Your Resumep. 169
            In the Mood to Reproducep. 169
            Looking Classy on Paperp. 169
         Getting It Out the Doorp. 170
            Stuffing Envelopesp. 170
            Snail Mailp. 170
            Special Deliveryp. 171
            Fax Magicp. 171
            E-Mail Flashp. 171
      The Cover Letter Connectionp. 175
         The Secret to Successp. 175
         Salary Small Talkp. 176
         The Template of Zoomp. 176
            A Head Startp. 176
            Set the Date and the Placep. 176
            Hello, Hello!p. 178
            Jumping Inp. 178
            The Meat of the Matterp. 179
            Getting What You Wantp. 179
            Ten-Fourp. 179
         By Examplep. 180
            Name-Droppingp. 180
            Getting Personalp. 180
            Take My Hint, Please!p. 181
         Getting the Hang of Itp. 181
         After a Job Interviewp. 181
   The Electronic Job Searchp. 187
      The ABSc of E-Resumesp. 189
         What Is an Electronic Resume?p. 189
         The E-Resume Appealp. 190
         Data in the Databasep. 190
            The Inner Workingsp. 191
            Keyword: Searchp. 191
         The E-Creationp. 192
            Electronic Headingsp. 192
            Key Placementp. 192
         Breaking Into the Banksp. 193
         Electronic to Paperp. 193
      E-Mail Expressp. 195
         Easy E-Mail Resumesp. 195
         Staying Out of Troublep. 196
            Getting Attached to Filesp. 196
            Direct Messagep. 196
         Getting the Job Donep. 196
            Doubling Upp. 197
            Better Save Than Sorryp. 198
            Capitalizing on Headingsp. 198
            Bite the Bulletp. 199
            Straight Quotesp. 199
            Characters That Countp. 199
            Give Me a Breakp. 200
            Using Your Notepadp. 201
         3-2-1, Take-Off!p. 201
      Banking on Success: Online Resume Bankingp. 209
         Resumes in a Bank?p. 209
         Who Pays the Billp. 209
            The Employer's Dreamp. 210
            Headbunting on the Webp. 210
         Who's Looking for Whom?p. 210
            The Professional Approachp. 211
            Specializing in Special Interestsp. 211
            It's a Regional Thingp. 211
         The Big Guysp. 212
         The Downside of Uploadingp. 212
            The Invisible Job Seekerp. 212
            Headhunter Overkillp. 213
            Telemarketing Alertp. 213
         Go to the Bank and Fill Out the Formsp. 213
            Blankety-Blankp. 214
            The Heart of the Matterp. 214
            Keeping Up-to-Datep. 215
         Getting Out While You're Aheadp. 215
      It's All a Scan: Scannable Resumesp. 217
         Who or What's Reading Your Resume?p. 217
         Get With the Programp. 218
         Scanning Woesp. 218
         Formatting at Its Finestp. 218
            The Skinny on Scannable Fontsp. 219
            Nothing Fancy-Schmancyp. 219
            Printing Protocolp. 219
         Into the Databasep. 220
         Ever Readyp. 220
   Portfolio of Sample Resumesp. 223
   Indexp. 321