Job-seekers frequently struggle with writing their own resumes and cover letters. They’d like to write their own job-search documents but have difficulty coming up with the right words with which to describe their skills and sell themselves.
This book’s intent is to provide thousands of powerful words and phrases that pack punch into your resume and cover letter. Words to Get Hired By gives you words and phrases for every part of your resume and cover letter and will ensure that you’ll never again face writer’s block as you compose your job-search correspondence.
There was a time when effective words in resumes and cover letters were merely desirable. Today, they are crucial because most employers place resumes in keyword-searchable databases. If your documents don’t have the right keywords and phrases, you won’t get called for an interview. It’s that simple.
At a time when the No. 1 turn-off for hiring managers is poor communication skills (according to a survey published in Staffing Management, a journal of the Society of Human Resource Management), crisp, clear, concise writing still counts for a great deal in the job search. Your words should entice, delight, and motivate your reader – the employer. Your resume and cover letter need to be reader-friendly documents that inspire the employer to want to get to know you better by calling you in for an interview.
This book is designed to put the words in your hands that will enable you to create such documents. Here’s how each chapter can contribute to an effective, reader-friendly resume and cover letter:
- Chapter 1: The Perfect Objective to Sharpen Your Resume’s Focus
This chapter will show you how to create an objective statement or other top-of-the-resume verbiage that will focus attention on your qualifications and fit for a specific job.
- Chapter 2: Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness
With 80 percent of resumes being placed into employer databases and searched for keywords, you can’t afford not to know which keywords to use. This chapter will tell you how to identify the best keywords for your resume and cover letter.
- Chapter 3: Your Professional Profile: Bullet points that describe your strengths in a nutshell
- Thousands of sample bullet points arranged by skill
- Thousands of sample bullet points arranged by job type
Crafting a top-of-the-resume section that captures your top selling points a few bullet points has become an increasingly vital skill. This chapter provides: