Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Expert Resumes for Career Changers

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

Expert Resumes for Career Changers

Article excerpt

Expert Resumes for Career Changers, by Louise M. Kursmark 2005. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Works. 270 pages, Soft Cover, $16.95

Intended Audience: A, D

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Resume Writing, Strategy & Formats; Sample Resumes for Career Changers.

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

From the first page, it gives the reader a feeling that he/she is not alone; that many people choose to make career transitions for a number of different reasons. It then provides hope for career changers by giving them statistics about the labor market and employment trends so they can see their own potential for a successful career change.

Throughout the book, career changers are asked questions that will guide them in beginning their quests for new careers. It helps them learn something about the strategy that should be followed and how to manage each step of the process.

It tells readers what they may not have yet realized: They are marketable products and, as such, must present themselves in interesting, exciting ways to grab buyers' (potential employers) attention. Resumes are often viewed as "living obituaries" that simply tell where people have been and for how long. This book helps readers see that their resumes must be strong advertisements; interesting presentations of their most valuable skills and attributes that demand to be read and encourage interviews.

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

As a professional resume writer who has been in the business for a number of years, I didn't learn anything new from this book. However, I believe that job seekers will learn some very important things from it. …

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