How do I start putting together my resume? I have a resume, but I don’t think it’s effective? How can I make it better? What am I doing wrong? How can I tell if it even got through once I’ve sent it? Do I really need a cover letter? Should I use a cover letter for my email and then attach the resume? I need help! What do I do?
How about trying a career counselor — for free! On Tuesday, February 28th, you will have your chance. Tammy Gooler Loeb is a professional career counselor with 25 years experience. She will be speaking at the Newton Free Library on how to build effective resumes and cover letters. Mark you calendars for 7:00 with a reminder to allow some extra time for parking. After you park, walk from the parking lot over the bridge and into the library. The talk will be in the Druker Auditorium. Just take your first left into the front part of the gallery area and the doors to Druker are on your left.
Do you have any tips for others that have worked for you? Questions? Bring them along.
Included below is a list of books, blogs and websites you may also find useful. Click on the link to find more information.
Doing your resume? Need more information? Check out these books at the library.
E-resumes – Criscito, Pat, 1953-
Call Number: 331.115 CRISCITO
Resumes that POP – Criscito, Pat.
Call Number: 331.115 C86R
Expert Resumes for Career Changers – Enelow, Wendy S.
Call Number: 331.115 E56E
Expert Resumes for Computer and Web Jobs – Enelow, Wendy S.
Call Number: 331.115 E56E
Expert Resumes for People Returning to Work
Call Number: 331.115 E57E
The Quick Resume and Cover Letter Book – Farr, Michael
Call Number: 331.115 F24Q
101 Great Resumes – Fry, Ronald W.
Call Number: 331.115 F94O
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Perfect Resume – Ireland, Susan.
Call Number: 331.115 I66C
Résumé Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Résumé Writer
Call Number: 331.115 W58R
The Everything Resume Book: Create a Winning Resume that Stands Out from the Crowd – Schuman, Nancy.
Call Number: 331.115 S39E
Fearless Résumés – Stein, Marky.
Call Number: 331.115 S81F
Federal Resume Guidebook: Strategies for Writing a Winning Federal Resume – Troutman, Kathryn Kraemer
Call Number: 331.115 T75F 2011 5ed
Need more help with cover letters?
The Encyclopedia of Business Letters, Faxes, and E-mail: Features Hundreds of Model Letters, Faxes, and E-mail to Give Your Business Writing the Attention It Deserves – Bly, Robert W.
Call Number: 808.066 B62E
See Chapter Three: Job-Hunting and Employment Related Correspondence, pp. 39 -66.
Cover Letter Magic
Call Number: 331.115 E56C
15 Minute Cover Letter – Farr, J. Michael.
Call Number: 331.115 F24F
4 Cover Letter Secrets
Call Number: 331.7 J71F
Cover Letters for Dummies – Kennedy, Joyce Lain.
Call Number: 331.115 K38C
Gallery of Best Cover Letters – Noble, David F. (David Franklin), 1935-
Call Number: 331.115 N66G
Having trouble embedding a resume in an e-mail or online job application?
To learn about converting your formatted resume to plain text go to
Click on Handout 8 to learn more about plain text.
If your resume is in Microsoft Word, check Handout 9.
If your resume is in GoogleDocs, check Handout 10.
Riley Guide: Resumes and Cover Letters
Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development: Creating Resumes
Quintessential Careers (TMG)
I am providing a direct link to QC’s section on resumes and cover letters. It gives a list of websites. What helps is that each is annotated. It’s a site that is well worth exploring.
To find the postings specifically relating to Resumes or Cover Letters, scroll down a bit until you find the area marked “Tags” on the right. Just click on the topic you wish to see.
Newton’s Quick Job Search Blog: Resumes and Cover Letters