Ten Top Resume Writing Books

Need help writing your resume? If you consider yourself a "do-it-yourself-er" there are a lot of great books on the market that can help you craft a compelling and visually distinct document. Here are a few of my favorites.

1. Resume Magic

Filled with "before and after" resume examples that not only teach the author's special method, but also show why they work. "Resume Magic" divulges the secrets of better resume writing from an expert with more than a decade of experience producing powerful, effective resumes.

2. Happy About My Resume

This book offers 50 tips for creating compelling copy and presenting it in a powerful way, to grab the hiring authority's attention and get them to pick up the phone to call you in for an interview. The author provides practical and easy-to-follow advice as well as numerous samples that demonstrate each of her tips in action.

3. Expert Resumes for Career Changers

This collection of resumes is aimed at people who are transitioning from one career to another. The down economy has forced millions of people to change jobs or industries in order to stay employed. This book gives strategies as well as 180 pages of sample resumes for successful career changes. The authors present sound resume-writing advice, including how to create and use an electronic resume. The appendix includes Internet resources for an effective online job search. New for this edition are completely updated resumes, a new chapter on writing cover letters, and a collection of cover letter samples.

4. Best Resumes for $100K+ Jobs

Individuals expecting to make more than $100,000 a year need to craft a very special resume that commands no only attention but a high salary as well.

5. Expert Resumes for People Returning to Work

A collection of professionally written resumes aimed at anyone who has left work for a period of time and then wanted to return. This type of situation requires a particularly unique approach to crafting a resume and presents some unique challenges.

In addition to nearly 200 pages of sample resumes, the authors present sound resume writing advice, including how to create and use an electronic resume. The appendix includes Internet resources for an effective online job search. New for the second edition is a chapter on writing cover letters, as well as a collection of sample letters.

6. College Grad Resumes to Land $75,000+ Jobs

This unique resume book includes 80 examples of resumes written by college students who actually obtained $75,000+ jobs in a variety of occupational fields. The book also includes sound resume writing advice based on the secrets of professional resume writers.

7. Best Resumes & Letters for Ex-Offenders

Addresses special employment issues facing ex-offenders and provides sound advice on how to write, produce, distribute and follow up resumes and letters for overcoming employment barriers.

8. Expert Resumes for Managers & Executives

More than 100 professionally written resumes for people at all levels of management, from front-line supervisors to top-level executives.

9. Best Resumes for People Without a Four-Year Degree

Addressing the unique resume needs of people without a bachelor's degree, this book meticulously illuminates what a resume is and is not, as well as what it should say, and how it should be presented.

10. 30-Minute Resume Makeover

This book is for people who already have a resume and need to update it quickly for a new opportunity.

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