Proven Resumes: Strategies
That Have Increased Salaries
by Master Resume Writer, Regina Pontow
If you are considering purchasing my Master Resume Writing Service
... below is a quick overview of my book which speaks of the various things I'll keep
in mind and be considering as I work on your resume. In
resumes, I really have created a proven system which I will apply
and use while writing your resume. If you've
read the testimonials on the
home page of this site, then you've already learned that
this book and my Master Resume Writing strategies, have been proven
highly successful by Employment Security, Workforce and College
placement offices. When
you purchase my Master Resume Writing Service, I write your resume so you don't need to read the entire book--which
FREE OF CHARGE--but I
do like clients to read the first chapter and cover letter chapter
because they teach you the critical 7 Steps
outlined on the home page of this site.
Teaching hundreds of resume workshops and working at the front of
classrooms and conferences with job seekers and career professionals
I gained thousands of hours of experience analyzing, critiquing and
writing client resumes across all salary and career levels.
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STRATEGIES THAT HAVE INCREASED SALARIES ... and Changed Lives!
Chapter 1 - Image
Control: The Key To Higher Salary Offers
This chapter takes you
through the analysis of two complete sets of before and after resume
examples. You'll see how and why each resume was improved and resulted
in elevating each person's image substantially. The first example shows
how Fran went from a 0% to a 100% response rate and elevated her image
and salary level by $9,000. The second example shows how Tammy also went
from generating no interviews to sending out two resumes, landing two
interviews and then accepted a position paying $20,000 more per year.
Detailed explanations and graphs, like those illustrated on the home
page of this site, show how each title and skill heading was changed to
bring Fran's and Tammy's image in line with their salary goals.
Next, you're taken step by step through worksheets and a final checklist
to help you determine if a skill-based resume or a chronological resume
will work the best for you. You'll also complete worksheets to analyze
each of your job titles to see if they match the jobs you want, or if
they weaken your image. If you find that they weaken your image, you'll
then use our examples and worksheets to strengthen them or replace them
with skill headings that do project an image that matches the jobs and
salary you want.
Chapter 2 - Improve Your
Self-Confidence and Expand Your Comfort Zone
Chapter 2 shares a wide variety of success stories to build your
confidence. Here you'll read dozens of stories about real job seekers
who not only created much better resumes but learned that they had a
wealth of skills employers want. This section discusses the fact that
employers really are more interested in your skills rather than specific
titles. This is true since job titles often have little meaning outside
of the company where you've worked. If you're like many job seekers
creating a powerful resume can make you feel uncomfortable and this
chapter helps you expand your comfort zone so that you accept the full
range of skills you do possess ... and goes even further to show you how
to market them fully.
Chapter 3 - Are Resumes
Really That Important? Yes They Are!
This chapter discusses the fact that employers receive hundreds of
resumes and spend very little time reviewing them. Therefore, your
resume must grab an employer's attention and sell your top skills in
seconds. Resumes also lay the foundation for employers to ask you
questions during interviews ... therefore a weak resume results in weak
interviews and a strong resume results in automatically taking your
interviews to a higher level.
Chapter 4 - 6 Steps to
Create a Powerful Resume
This chapter forms the heart of your being able to create a much more
effective resume. It takes you through 6 Easy Steps to Create Your
Resume, whether it's a skill based resume or a chronological resume. A
set of before and after resumes are included that illustrate both types
of resume formats and are used as examples to show you how to complete
the worksheets. Once you've reviewed the examples - you're then able to
complete the worksheets to create your own resume.
Chapter 5 - Skill Lists
and Sample Sentences To Create A Proven Resume
This chapter includes over 2,000 skills, skill headings and sample
resume statements for 45 career fields. The skill lists and statements
make it easy for anyone to flip to the career fields in which they have
experience and check off information that matches their background. You
can view a complete list of the career fields by clicking the link at
the bottom of this page.
Chapter 6 - 12 Questions
to Expand and Control Your Image
This chapter provides the top questions I've found that I ask whenever I
write resumes with job seekers - no matter their income level or the
industry they're in. Each major question includes a set of additional
questions to help you describe your experience fully and to create an
image that markets you to the highest level.
Chapter 7 - Creating
Powerful Design and Content
This chapter teaches you how to create a resume that uses design to
control and direct the employer's eye path to your top skills and sell
you in seconds ... a must when you know that employers spend as little
as five seconds glancing at resumes before discarding them. Several sets
of resumes are analyzed to teach you how to use design elements that
will make your resume stand out. The second section of this chapter
teaches you how to write strong content. It's important to know that the
design of your resume must get attention but it's really the content
that will convince employers to call you.
Chapter 8 - What You
Should and Shouldn't Tell Employers
This chapter answers many of the nuts and bolts questions people
have about describing their employment history (and related problems),
education, professional affiliations, and other issues. It also
takes you step by step through the process of creating objective
statements. Examples are provided of the type of objective statements
I prefer in which your objective and three to four of your best
achievements are combined and placed at the top of your resume.
Two examples are included from resumes that landed a $400 a month
increase and a $42,000 salary increase. Step by step worksheets
are provided to take you through the process of creating powerful
60 Proven Resume Examples
This booklet contains 60 resume examples (containing 2
.pdf files). It provides an extensive cross reference list of
skill headings contained in all 60 resumes and is grouped by
industry/skill categories. For example an accounting resume may
contain skill sections for accounting, customer service, supervision
and operations management however the resume skill sections can
be useful to a wide range of job seekers in other career fields.
The resumes are grouped into these career categories: Accounting/Bookkeeping;
Administrative/Clerical; College & University Students; Curriculum
Vitae; Customer Service & Retail; Education; Healthcare/Medical;
High School; High Tech; Hospitality & Food Service; Human
Resources; Social Services; Licensed Professionals; Military;
Parts, Production, Warehouse; Real Estate/Property Management;
Sales & Marketing; Management/Executive; Trades; and Writing/Journalism.
In the left and right hand margins facing each resume example
are questions to help identify and describe skills and achievements,
targeted specifically for that career field. For example, next
to the accounting resumes is a question about total number of
A/R and A/P accounts managed and the dollar range of A/R or A/P
that was managed. Next to the construction resumes is a question
about the type of construction projects worked on or managed
such as industrial, commercial or residential projects. Each
group of industry related resumes includes a dozen or more questions
or tips for that particular field. This is a great help in understanding
why and how the resumes were developed and serves as a guide
in helping you create a powerful resume.
Cover Letters: Strategies
That Have Increased Salaries!
This 28-page booklet
why most cover letters fail and shows you how to create a cover
letter that works by understanding how employers screen cover
letters and resumes. Just as with your resume, you'll learn how
to use cover letter design that directs and controls the eye
path, and saves employers reading time.
You'll be taken step by step through an analysis of three job
ads and shown the difference a great cover letter can make in
the impression employers have of your skills. You're shown how
to analyze ads to identify keywords and create powerful keyword
headings for your letters. You're then guided in how to write
powerful statements for each paragraph of your letter. As with
the Proven Resumes: Strategies That Have Increased Salaries booklet,
you're guided in understanding how to identify your audience,
what they want to hear and what you have to tell them to land
an interview. You're shown what to put in each paragraph of your
letter from the opening to closing paragraph and are provided
with opening phrases that make writing your letter easy.
You'll also learn how to use powerful strategies such as a P.S.
to grab attention. The importance of follow up is also emphasized
and you're guided through this important strategy. You'll be
shown how to tweak your letter and customize it for specific
positions as well as how to write cold call or generic letters
to inquire with companies that have not advertised. Tips on how
to provide salary information, answer ads, fax your resume and
apply for jobs you think you may not be qualified for.
As with the graphing of Mark's resume on the home page of this
site, you'll also be taken through the process of graphing your
cover letter to determine the salary and experience level that
it presents you at.
This booklet ends with a cover letter critique worksheet as well
as an easy to follow worksheet to write your cover letter. The
information in this booklet is geared to job seekers in the $20,000
to $100,000+ salary range.
That Have Increased Salaries
This 30-page booklet's
goal is to teach you how to analyze and thoroughly prepare
for each interview you receive. You'll do this by learning how
to analyze want ads and job opening descriptions in order to
anticipate the questions each employer will ask you, how to sell
your top skills and address any concerns that may pertain to
each individual job. In contrast, many interviewing books provide
dozens of interview questions and sample answers that job seekers
must try to memorize. Many of these questions and answers may
not be applicable to a particular job or applicant and therefore
are not targeted. As a result, they are often so general that
they lack the impact needed for job seekers to present themselves
with power and convince employers they are indeed the top candidate.
By learning how to analyze each job you'll interview for, anticipating
specific questions each unique employer will ask and preparing
answers that sell you best for that particular job -- you'll
put yourself ahead of the competition who have merely memorized
canned interview answers.
This booklet begins by addressing 13 criteria that many employers
judge applicants by to determine if they are overqualified, qualified
or unqualified. Cynthia's unsuccessful interview is critiqued
and graphed using the 13 criteria. The graph shows why Cynthia
appeared unqualified in 10 of the criteria and qualified in only
3 of the criteria discussed. This helps to explain why Cynthia
didn't land the job and helps job seekers pinpoint problem areas
in their own interviews. Next a synopsis of Cynthia's successful
interview is provided and graphed, and shows how Cynthia was
able to subsequently present herself as qualified in all 13 criteria
that employers look for when hiring.
The next section of this booklet discusses three phases of the
interview cycle which include:
Introduction & First Impressions - This section discusses the importance of first impressions
and stresses that employers begin judging you the minute you
walk in the door.
Questions You'll Be Asked Based On The Employer's Review of Your
Resume - This section discusses the wide range
of questions employers may ask you during the interview, how
to anticipate and answer such questions. It covers: Questions
Employers Will Ask To Judge Your Skills and Experience, Questions
About Your Bottom Line Contributions, Questions You Can Ask To
Direct and Control The Interview, Questions Employer Ask to Assess
Personality, Values and Coping Style, Questions About Your Work
History, Questions About Education and Training, Questions About
Your References, and Questions About Salary Requirements.
Interview Closure - This section teaches you how to close
your interview with impact, probe to determine if you're a top
candidate and identify when second interviews will be held and
when you should follow-up.
Follow-up and Thank You Letters - This section
teaches you how to follow up on your interview. It also discusses
the importance of using thank you letters as another opportunity
to sell your top skills or to introduce new information that
was not covered in the interview. Excellent thank you letter
examples are included.
Tips are provided on how to identify and de-emphasize your weaknesses
during each interview. You'll be shown how to provide answers
that demonstrate your technical knowledge as well as your skills
and abilities to do the job. You'll learn how to use power words
and quantify. The fact that employers hire enthusiastic applicants
and how you can show your enthusiasm during interviews is also
stressed. Tips and examples are also provided on how to answer
the 10 Most Common Interview Questions.
The booklet ends with an Interviewing Checklist so that you can
test yourself to see how well you understand and how well prepared
you are for each phase of the interviewing cycle. A graph is
also provided to rate yourself in the 13 criteria which have
been described at the beginning of this booklet. Using this graph
you can assess how employers will perceive your qualifications
as being overqualified, qualified or unqualified for the job.
Online & Offline Job Search Strategies Booklet
With this 30-page booklet you'll learn
how to identify keywords that are critical to creating an effective
electronic resume. Keywords are how electronic resumes are sorted
in order to find candidates with specific areas of experience,
skills and education. The Electronic Resumes & Job Search
Booklet takes you step by step through the process of creating
ASCII, scannable and e-mail resume formats.
This booklet opens with a written testimonial/success story from
Doug, who found an ad for a leading management consulting firm.
Using the steps you'll learn Doug posted his new electronic resume
on the internet and out of thousands of resumes that exact employer
found his resume. Doug was was then called for an interview and
ultimately hired! It's one thing to have a company find your
resume at random on the internet but an entirely different and
impressive situation to have the exact company you targeted your
resume for--find it, contact you and then hire you!
You are shown how Doug followed simple strategies to analyze
the ad and then create powerful keyword headings for his electronic
resume. Next, you're shown how Robin analyzed 8 ads for customer
service positions which contained more than 160 keywords. Robin
then grouped these keywords and areas of experience into major
skill categories and used the top keywords to create powerful
headings for her resume. She then developed sentences using all
of the keywords for the content or text of resume. A 6-Step process
shows you how to do the same with your resume.
In addition to the excellent information and examples provided
for creating effective electronic and keyword resumes, you're
also provided with information on how to launch your electronic
job search. Links to mega career sites are provided where your
resume can get instant exposure to thousands of employers at
top sites like Monster.com, which posts over 200,000 job listings.
You'll also be directed to industry-specific job sites, how to
target specific employers, how to find national and local employment
security sites and sites of interest to college students or executives.
Tips are also provided on what type of employers use electronic
You'll also be taken through strategies to help you with your
offline or traditional job search. This section of the booklet
discusses the importance of having the right mind set during
your job search. And, for reassurance you're provided with a
Job Search Success Sheet that takes you through problem areas
that you may need to correct if your resume isn't generating
enough interviews .... or if your networking isn't paying off
... or if you are land interviews but don't get the job offer
.... or if you are offered positions beneath the salary you want
.... or if employers don't think you're qualified enough for
management positions or the career change you'd like to make.
Statistics are provided on the top job search methods and you're
given detailed information on how to use each one. Whether it's
applying directly to employers, networking, answering ads, working
with your unemployment office or with an employment agency you'll
find phone scripts and worksheets to help you track each step
of your job search for maximum success.
Free - $8.95
Value Job Search
Organizer Booklet - when all booklets
are purchased! If you
purchase all 5 booklets described above, you'll receive the 43-page
Job Search Organizer for free!
you're like most job seekers the idea of hunting for a job is
bad enough in and of itself--let alone adding to the problem
by having to keep track of all the places and people you've contacted
when applying for jobs. Yet, it is imperative that you identify
which job search methods are most successful for you--and the
only way you can really know that is by keeping track of what
you're doing and what's working. You'll be given many tips in
the Job Search Organizer that help you do just that! For example,
many job seekers report that they don't keep the ads they respond
to but then also admit they don't market themselves well when
employers call them. Without organizing and keeping ads, it's
extremely difficult to remember what skills you should market
to each particular employer. Keeping a job search organizer notebook
allows you to instantly turn to a particular ad you've answered,
look at the worksheet you've completed, and instantly know which
skills you should market when talking to that employer. All of
these tips and more are included in the free organizer you're
about to receive!
in the Job Search Organizer
- Overview of the Financial Value of Your Resume
- Instructions for Getting Started Using the Organizer
- 8 Steps to Plan & Launch Your Job search
- Your Job Search Planner
- Weekly To Do Calendar
- Daily To Do Calendar
- Monthly Planner
- Employer Research and Data Worksheets
- Evaluating Your Performance During Pre-Screening Interviews
- Networking / Referral Data Worksheets
|- Worksheets to Track Resume Posting at Internet Sites
- Worksheets to Track Ads & Job Openings You Respond To
- Worksheets to Track Job Fairs & Career Events
- Worksheets to Track Openings from Career Placement Offices
- Worksheets to Track Contact with Employment Agencies
- Address Book to Enter Employment Related Information
$7.95 Value Free Success Imagery
Booklet - when all booklets are
purchased! If you
purchase all 5 booklets described above, you'll receive this
If you're like many job seekers you may
want a better job or higher salary or hope to make a career change
... but you may also feel somewhat intimidated about pursuing
your goals. This booklet provides the Success Imagery, I and
many of my clients, have employed to achieve our career goals.
These strategies have taken me from being a receptionist making
$12.25 an hour to become an author of 13 resume and career books,
public presenter, master trainer for college instructors and
career professionals, and professional resume writer charging
$100 an hour.
Like many job seekers, my career goals did not match my self
image. Before writing my first book if someone had told me I'd
be where I am today I'd never have believed them and probably
would have been so intimidated that I wouldn't have tried everything
This booklet takes you through the process of understanding your
intangible desires--those desires that really motivate you. When
first asked, many people say money is their top motivator but
most often is not. It's intangible rewards such as helping people,
receiving respect from others, achieving a difficult task and
accomplishing those things we love which actually result in a
higher salary. You'll be guided through exercises to help you
identify the pain of not moving toward your goals in contrast
to the pleasure you'll have when you do achieve them. You're
then taken step by step through a series of worksheets that show
you how to create your own Success Imagery scripts that you can
either read or listen to on a cassette.
Of hundreds of self-help books I've read and used, Success Imagery,
for me has been the most potent. It has helped me believe in
myself and what I could accomplish. When you believe you can
do it--then you do it. If you don't believe you can do it--then
you usually don't even try.