Magazine article Information Management
Web Site Review: WWW.Provenresumes.Com, WWW.Careerlab.Com/letters, WWW.Monster.Com
Whoever coined the maxim "change is the only constant" undoubtedly lives in today's uncertain world economy. Change? With mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, restructuring, downsizing, reengineering, rightsizing, takeovers, and bankruptcies, change means anyone could become unemployed overnight.
Gone are the days of retiring from the same company after 40 years with a tax-deferred 401K in six or seven figures, a retirement plan your ancestors would be in awe of, and a gold watch with diamonds. Job-hunting is an art that requires serious preparation and research to attain the desired result -- a perfect job.
"The more time you spend in preparation, the less time you spend on the pavement." This advice by Dick Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? sums up what the following career Web sites can do to enhance your chances of landing your perfect job.
This Web site has 60 free resume and job search workshops. Of these, the top 12 teach you how to understand, control, and elevate the image you present in your resume, which is critical to generating more interviews and higher salary offers. Samples from the top 12 free workshops include:
* before-and-after examples of resumes
* two popular resume styles (i.e., electronic resumes should have no italics, bullets, underlining, or typefaces because it tends to confuse the computer)
* six easy steps to creating resumes
* marketing the 10 hottest skills
* creating targeted resumes with keywords for which the computer looks
The workshops are straightforward and comprehensive, and navigating through the many strategies listed is made easy via pop-out menus. If you don't find what you need in these free resources, there are many other resume books available via the Web.
This Web site has over 200 cover letters for job hunters that will definitely spark the interest of employers. The letter collection is divided into two parts
* Part One: How To Write a Great Letter. This section has 13 topics describing what you should and should not do. Also in this collection are two highly recommended topics: "what to do for a quick job search" and "the most important letter you will ever write."
* Part Two: 200 of the World's Best Letters. These are actual letter samples divided into 20 subsections. …