Given the current business and economic landscape, it's reasonable to expect that you or someone you know may be looking for a new job due to layoffs. Your resume is still the primary tool you use to find that new job, and this book is a timely offering on how to make your resume stand out from the others... Unbeatable Resumes: America's Top Recruiter Reveals What REALLY Gets You Hired by Tony Beshara. The information here is solid, and Beshara doesn't attempt to offer up any gimmicks that sound good but don't work in real life.
Contents: The Top Ten (BIG) Mistakes of Resume Writing; Straight Talk About Your Resume (From a Guy Whose Living Depends on Using Them); Surprising Facts About Your Resume Audience; The Resumes 3,000 Hiring Authorities Want to See; Key Features of the Most Effective Resumes; The Basic Resume and Some Resume Makeovers; Sample Traditional Resumes; Nontraditional Resumes; E-Mailing Resumes, Cover Letters, and Attachments - Increasing the Chances Your Resume Will Get Read; Leveraging Your Resume; How to Handle Common Resume Problems (Too Many Jobs, Employment Gaps, Changing Careers, Relocating, etc); The Top Ten Rules (You Now Know) of Resume Writing; Index
Beshara uses his many years of experience and expertise to great advantage here. He talks about what hiring managers expect and want (backed up by interviews and surveys), and translates that into how those desires affect you when it comes to your resume. He doesn't pull any punches (as in the chronological vs. functional resume format), yet his opinions and recommendations are practical and reasoned. You may not agree or you may want to cling to your own resume style and ideas, but keep in mind he's been doing this type of stuff for *far* longer than you have. :)
For me, the high-value aspect of this book is the large number of examples. Beshara offers up effective resumes for numerous jobs and industries, from retail manager and aeronautic engineer to college professor and physician. Your specific job might not be in here, but you should find something reasonably close to look at as an example. He also does some resume makeovers which are enlightening. It enables you to see something that *doesn't* work, while also learning how that same body of experience can be repackaged in a more effective format. I'd almost be willing to recommend the book on this aspect alone.
Regardless of whether you're putting together your first resume, dusting off a resume that hasn't been used in years, or looking to have more success in your current job search, Unbeatable Resumes is an excellent choice. You may hope you don't have a need for the book, but the reality is that you need to be prepared "just in case"...