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Articles and Tips by Roleta Fowler Vasquez, CPRW, CEIP

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NameDescription
DocumentONLINE RESUME POSTING TIPSIf you have never posted your resume to on-line job boards such as MonsterJobs and CareerBuilder, this step-by-step guide will get you there sooner.
DocumentTen Steps to Choosing a Great Certified Professional Resume WriterHow to choose your certified professional resume writer



COMPANY INFORMATION

Company Research Tip — Job Seekers should prepare for their job search by thoroughly researching the targeted companies. Pay close attention to the Mission Statement, About Us, Organization, Projects, News, and Financial pages or other links for information useful for your cover letter and interviews. Also, search the Web for current stories about recent and upcoming mergers and lay-offs as clues to company stability.


555-1212.com . . . . . . . . . .  www.555-1212.com
Brint.com . . . . . . . . . .  www.brint.com
EDGAR Online . . . . . . . . . .  www.edgar-online.com
Fortune Magazine . . . . . . . . . .  http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/
Hoover's Business Profiles . . . . . . . . . .  www.hoovers.com






Online Resources for Returning Veterans

HireAHero.org: www.hireahero.org
Corporate Gray: www.corporategray.com
Hire Vets First: www.hirevetsfirst.gov
TAOnline.com: www.taonline.com
VeteranEmployment.com: www.veteranemployment.com
CareerCommandPost: www.careercommandpost.com
Jobless Warrior: www.joblesswarrior.org

Post-Military Recruiters:

Bradley-Morris, Inc.: http://bradley-morris.com.bmi_candidates.html
Orion International: www.orioninternational.com
JobLine International: www.jobline.net/military1.htm 







OUTSTANDING CAREER HELP AUTHORS, BOOKS, PUBLISHERS


What Color Is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles
The Career Industry's pivotal career help book will always be What Color Is Your Parachute. If you are a Career Pro (Human Resources, Recruiter, Career Coach, or Resume Writer), this book is the foundation for career planning perfection and comes up repeatedly in career pro lists of greatest books. If you are a first-time Job Seeker or are considering a Career Transition, this book may help you find your niche and avoid years of needless job-hopping.


2500 Key Words That Get You Hired by Jay Block (McGraw-Hill)

A must-have for professional writers and job seekers, this book fully explains the methods behind inserting key words into your resumes so that automated tracking systems (ATS) used by employers and recruiters will find them. 2500 Key Words... contains key word lists and resume samples written by certified resume writers for hundreds of job titles showing how key words and their meanings are used in resume profiles and text.



Best Resumes for College Students and New Grads by Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark
A must-have for college students and new graduates of any age.


Tip for Job Seekers and Professional Resume Writers: The Resume Writing Industry (through our various organizations such as PARW, CDI, CTL, NRWA) is engaged in a massive reeducation of college job centers to bring their resume writing instruction courses up-to-date. I was quite dismayed by a young co-ed who believed her bulleted shopping list of skills would impress job fair recruiters. The bulleted list resume is now considered a low-level or dead (as late as 10 years) resume format because merely listing your expertise does not demonstrate your mastery. Keep only your best bullets, then ignite them with explosive 3-6 line stories about the Challenge you faced while taking Action to solve the problem, and ending with the Result of you endeavors. This is called the Challenge-Action-Result (CAR) method of resume writing, also known as Challenge-Context-Action-Result (CCAR), Problem-Action-Result (PAR), and Situation-Obstacle-Action-Result (SOAR). The bottom line: If you cannot write and speak about how you do your job, employers will believe you.



Directory of Professional Recruiters (Kennedy Information)

Thousands of Recruiters for most major industries.


Tip for Job Seekers: Working with a recruiter should always be free, because they are already paid by the companies who hired them. To ensure you have a resume that will get them interested in you, hire a Certified Professional Resume Writer from Wordbusters Resume and Writing Services or BestChoiceResumes.com


Directory of Professional Resume Writers (JIST)

Educational institutions, human resources pros, and recruiters use this resource to find Certified Professional Resume Writers internationally.


Expert Resumes for Managers and Executives by Wendy S. Enelow and Louise M. Kursmark

Although any of the Expert Resumes series of Enelow-Kursmark book titles are of this caliber, they have many industry-specific titles to suit your needs. Of the Expert Resumes series, the ones I find indispensable in my daily assignment are: Managers and Exectives; Engineers; and Computer and Web Jobs.


JIST BOOKS — www.jist.com

JIST is the leading book publisher for the Career Industry. Both career pros and job seekers will find a vast library of career related topics such as assessments, coaching, human resources, instructor-student workbooks, personal branding, recruiting, and resume writing.


McGraw-Hill — www.mcgraw-hill.com
McGraw-Hill is the oldest and a highly respected eductational books publisher in the U.S. with a formidable career industry selection.




So you want to be a Resume Writer?

Join one or all of the Big Four resume writing and career coaching organizations to learn basic to advanced skills along the path to certification, while building a network of professional colleagues and business partners. Tell them I sent you, please!

Professional Association of Resume Writers . . . . . www.parwcc.com

Career Thought Leaders . . . . . www.careerthoughtleaders.com

Career Directors International.com . . .  www.careerdirectorsinternational.com

National  Resume Writers Association . . . . . www.thenrwa.com



If you are brand new to the trade, take a close look at this in-a-box training site that gives free membership and expert business advice, forms, marketing tips, webinars, and everything you need to get started and do it right. Paid "Bronze" membership gets you advanced tools and guidance for only $10 monthly.


BeAResumeWriter.com . . . . . www.bearesumewriter.com