Resumes and Job-Hunting Skills: A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Your Job Search

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WRITING POWERFUL CAREER COMMUNICATIONS Resumes and Job-Hunting Skills: A Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Your Job Search, by Maurene J. Hinds 2005. New York, NY: Ferguson Publishing 248 pages, Hardback, $16.95

Intended Audience: A, B, C, D, E, F, H

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Finding a Career Path; Writing the Resume; Letters; Interviewing; Contributors; Organizations.

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

It is a step-by-step guide for resume writing

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

A person must take responsibility for his/her own career path; The instructions and pitfalls in resume writing; People should seek professional career help if they need it; Use informational interviewing and networking to explore your career options; How to make a good impression in a job interview.

Overall, I found this book to be a helpful guide for persons who are launching a job search. It will be particularly useful for college or technical school graduates. Its strengths lie in the emphasis that it places on the importance of taking charge of one's career from the beginning and the detailed instructions which will tend to engender good career-planning habits in readers, if they are smart enough to follow the advice! Most people are thoroughly intimidated by the prospect of composing a resume. Addressing that issue and providing comprehensive, step-by-step guidelines for developing various types of resumes are the areas where this book excels. …