Resume 101: A Student And Recent-grad Guide To Crafting Resumes And Cover Letters That Land Jobs

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Resume 101: A Student And Recent-grad Guide To Crafting Resumes And Cover Letters That Land Jobs

by Quentin J. Schultze
Foreword by Richard N. Bolles, Richard N. Bolles

Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony | March 6, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Minimal job experience? No problem!
 
You’ve just graduated and are ready to land your first real job after college or high school. But how do you write the first résumé and cover letter of your career if you don’t have any previous jobs to list? How do you stand out above the other applicants--including people with more experience who are out of work--with your summer job at the diner, internship at the local paper, or spot on the Ultimate Frisbee team?
 
Dr. Q to the rescue! For two decades, communication professor Quentin Schultze has been teaching résumé-writing to college students and recent graduates, helping them identify their strengths and transferable skills from their unique life experiences--from extracurriculars to part-time jobs to internships to volunteering. With Résumé 101, you’ll discover the secrets to composing strong, impressive resumes and cover letters, such as:
 
 
What to include when you lack professional experience
 
How to get great references and recommendations
 
Why to use a summary rather than objective statement
 
When to include hobbies, travel, and technology skills
 
What to do if your GPA isn’t sky-high
 
Which designs and basic formats work the best
 
Where to find the perfect verbs and adjectives for a specific job
 
 
With Dr. Q’s help, you’ll soon have a résumé and cover letter that will show hiring managers who you really are, why you’re prefect for your dream job, and why they should choose you.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 10.86 × 8.46 × 0.39 in

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1607741946

ISBN - 13: 9781607741947

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Resume 101: A Student And Recent-grad Guide To Crafting Resumes And Cover Letters That Land Jobs

Resume 101: A Student And Recent-grad Guide To Crafting Resumes And Cover Letters That Land Jobs

by Quentin J. Schultze
Foreword by Richard N. Bolles, Richard N. Bolles

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 10.86 × 8.46 × 0.39 in

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1607741946

ISBN - 13: 9781607741947

About the Book

Communications professor Quentin Schultze shares the secrets to crafting strong, impressive resumes and cover letters for students and recent grads with minimal job experience.
Hordes of anxious college seniors show up at Professor Schultze's office door each year, unsure of how to cast their life experiences in a way that will make them stand out to hiring managers. Dr. Schultze, who has taught a resume-writing course for the past 15 years, has become attuned to the unique concerns of those writing their first-career resumes. Coauthored by teacher Bethany Kim, this practical guide helps students identify their passions, key transferable skills, and applicable experiences, write compelling resumes and cover letters, and score those interviews.

Read from the Book

Chapter 1: The Naked Truths of Résumé SuccessIn this chapter, you’ll learn:The right attitude to begin with The right résumé-writing process to follow  I was slurping down watery spaghetti when the news reached college friends and me in the dining hall: An all-campus streak was scheduled for sunset. Dozens of female students would supposedly be dashing across the wide-open university quadrangle in their birthday suits. We quickly finished our Jell-O desserts and dashed from the male dorm to the scene of the unfolding spectacle. But before we could jostle the frantic freshmen out of the best viewing spots, the runners were already sprinting across the grassy field like proud Olympians. Alas, only a couple of females had joined the male streakers’ ranks--in the middle of the pack where they couldn’t be clearly eyeballed. Of course, neither I nor my inhibited friends stripped down to join the passing runners, and within thirty seconds the entire escapade was over. Observers continued shuffling around for fifteen minutes like brooding carrion birds. Then they began wandering to campus watering holes to drown their disappointments. We joined them. As we talked it over, my friends and I realized how gullible we were. All it took was a little gossip to move us to action; within minutes, we had run like a raft of turkeys to the campus quadrangle to gawk at the streakers. We wondered what we had really expected to see or to accomplish by following the other flocks of dorm guys to the
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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTs
 
FOREWORD by Richard N. Bolles
 
INTRODUCTION: Why This Book Will Help You Land Interviews and Jobs
 
 
1  The Naked Truths of Résumé Success 
 
Be Courageous
 
Be Creative
 
Be Unconventional
 
Be Vulnerable 
 
Be Organized
 
 
2  Where to Begin 
 
What’s a Résumé? 
 
Use Great Résumés  
 
Get Your Name and Numbers Right 
 
Recall Your Stories 
 
Look Beyond Work  
 
 
Highlight Your Life Experiences
 
Create Your Master List 
 
Expand Your Experiences 
 
Develop Your Entries  
 
Identify Your Skills 
 
Assess Your Knowledge 
 
Know Your Personal Traits 
 
 
 
Write for Your Audience
 
Know Your Audience
 
Organize Your Content  
 
State Your Experience  
 
Summarize Your Education
 
List Your Activities 
 
Add Special Categories
 
 
5  Fine-Tune Your Résumé 
 
Use a Summary Statement 
 
Use Words Honestly and Well 
 
Format Entries
 
Edit, Edit, Edit 
 
Make It Scannable
 
 
 
Add References and Cover Letters 
 
Identify Your References 
 
Write Persuasive Cover Letters 
 
 
 
Go with the Flow 
 
Don’t Sweat It 
 
Circulate Your Résumé Strategically 
 
Create a Support Network
 
 
 
 
 Appendixes    
 
A Master List Form 
 
B List of Positive Traits as Adjectives 
 
C Summary Statement Worksheet
 
D List of Action Verbs 
 
E Sample Résumé Entry Edits 
 
F Common Grammatical Errors
 
G Sample Résumés with Cover Letters
 
H Résumé Checklist
 
 
 
WORKS CITED
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
 
INDEX

From the Publisher

Minimal job experience? No problem!
 
You’ve just graduated and are ready to land your first real job after college or high school. But how do you write the first résumé and cover letter of your career if you don’t have any previous jobs to list? How do you stand out above the other applicants--including people with more experience who are out of work--with your summer job at the diner, internship at the local paper, or spot on the Ultimate Frisbee team?
 
Dr. Q to the rescue! For two decades, communication professor Quentin Schultze has been teaching résumé-writing to college students and recent graduates, helping them identify their strengths and transferable skills from their unique life experiences--from extracurriculars to part-time jobs to internships to volunteering. With Résumé 101, you’ll discover the secrets to composing strong, impressive resumes and cover letters, such as:
 
 
What to include when you lack professional experience
 
How to get great references and recommendations
 
Why to use a summary rather than objective statement
 
When to include hobbies, travel, and technology skills
 
What to do if your GPA isn’t sky-high
 
Which designs and basic formats work the best
 
Where to find the perfect verbs and adjectives for a specific job
 
 
With Dr. Q’s help, you’ll soon have a résumé and cover letter that will show hiring managers who you really are, why you’re prefect for your dream job, and why they should choose you.

About the Author

Quentin J. Schultze, PhD, professor of communication at Calvin College, has written several academic books and more than a hundred articles for general-interest periodicals. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, US News and World Report, and Fortune and interviewed by CNN, NBC, and NPR. He speaks at and consults for businesses, nonprofits, trade associations, and universities. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit quentinschultze.com and resumes4collegestudents.com.

Editorial Reviews

“Simply the best guide I have found over several decades of helping college students who are seeking their first professional jobs.”—Dr. Richard C. Wallace, Gainey School of Business, Spring Arbor University“This is not your typical job-search book for college students and grads. This is a rock-solid, holistic resource that challenges job seekers to optimize their ‘labor assets’--their skills, their knowledge, and their personality/character traits--to land a job quickly no matter what kind of job market.”—Jay Block, executive coach and author, 101 Best Ways to Land a Job in Troubled Times  “Should be required reading for anyone entering the workplace. Having a degree is like having a powerful engine for a car--potential ready for application. Until you have a sleek body and fancy wheels no one will appreciate the engine. Résumé 101 will help any graduating student put wheels on their hard work and preparation.”—Dan Miller, author, 48 Days to the Work You Love “A step-by-step, easy-to-follow guidebook. Read it and you’ll laugh, you’ll take notes, and you’ll feel the panic of job-searching ebbing away.”  —Professor Michael A. Longinow, Biola University “Schultze astutely recognizes that smart, effective résumé-writing is tied up with how you see yourself, your work, and the world around you, and he offers clear, practical guidance on how to pull it all together on the written page. This book hits home the important notion that every one of us has the right résumé for the right
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