Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The new book is Resume Keywords Decoded & Demystified.
Paperback due out on Amazon.Com - Check for updates

Resume Keywords Decoded & Demystified was based on a suggestion for an on online class by a friend.

From my point of view, with 2 books on resumes, I was confident this topic was well covered. It seemed like there was enough information with examples and honestly resume keywords seemed obvious. 

My friend’s reply was immediate and direct: “it seems obvious to you because you work with this writing books and reviewing resumes all day.” Which pushed me off my pedestal and it made me listen. 

The claim, career professionals, did not know how to start, where to look or what to do regarding their resume keywords.  

People with 10, 20-year careers across 1 or 2 major companies, people making decent money. This meant there was a good chance there are people with less awareness not willing to vocalize their need for help, too. 

Regardless, one truth exists, there is room for better, more detailed information on resume keywords. 

This book is an attempt to provide the missing help. 

My approach for the book is super-newbie, baby step walk-thru with real-life examples. 

The goal: to make you the master of your resume keyword needs by teaching you the “what-to-do” and “how-to-do-it” for your exact situation.

While the guts of this book originate from the online class and webinar trial, it contains more details. I have added my consulting questions. 

These questions are designed to guide you as if we were working together. These are the questions used during my paid one-on-one and group resume coaching. 
This means you are not going it alone. Using these extra questions should help you organize and prioritize your resume content with confidence. 

Here is a list of what you will find in this book:
1. My Backstory with Resumes, Recruiting & Technology
2. Thank you Joan!
3. The Problem with Resume Keywords
4. Why Do You Need Resume Keywords?
5. Without Resume Keywords
6. Resume Keywords Learning Objectives
7. Where Are Your Resume Keywords?
8. Experience and Vocabulary
9. Why Resume Keywords Are Hard
10. Resume Keyword Sources
11. Resume Keyword 30:30 Rule
12. Using Google
13. The 11 Questions for Your Resume Keywords Summary
14. The 3 “Yes” or “No” Resume Keyword Questions
15. The 4 Quality Control Resume Keyword Questions
16. The 4 Verification Resume Keyword Questions
17. Will this get me hired?
18. How Many Resume Keyword Sources is Enough?
19. When to Add a New Source
20. When Do You Stop?
21. The Strongest Resume Keywords
22. The Weakest Resume Keywords
23. Resume Keyword Rejection Pool
24. How Many Resume Keywords Do You Need?
25. Resume Keywords Rule of 21
26. Resume Keywords Rule of Location
27. Resume Review Resume Keyword Patterns
28. What Resume Keywords are NOT 

As of the original publication date of this book, the online class was located at this link and is available for free:

Change your resume, change your destiny.

To your best resume yet, 


Dirk Spencer
Recruitment Adviser & Author

Named to the Top 25 Resume Building Career Blogs

My book made a 10 Must Buy List… so this was a cool thing to happen in 5 months…

Fix Your Feed on LinkedIn Already – Get the Experience You Want

Resume Cheat – Re-Entering the Workforce

Curated list of blog posts (resume & interview related – is this a better idea than listing all the links?)

Curated list of SlideShare decks (resume, interview, networking)

Internet articles (recruiting, job search, book, customer service with Dirk mentions)

Agency versus Corporate Recruiting Advice with Recruiter Q&A of Recruiter.Com

Four ways out of a recruiting rut with Erin Engstrom RecruiterBox.Com

Beat the Bot – Podcast Interview with Albert Lin of Careers.Org

Examples of great customer service

Eight ways for keeping in touch with candidates Recruiter Q&A of Recruiter.Com

Should You Re-Apply to the Same Job with Elisabeth Greenbaum Kasson of DICE

You May Be an Outdated Job Seeker If… on CareerCloud.Com with Chris Russell

Unlikely Places to Find Work with Recruiter Q&A of Recruiter.Com

Be a Better Recruiter with Recruiter Q&A of Recruiter.Com

Curve Ball Interview Questions with Matthew Kosinski, Editor at Recruiter.Com

Read the book previews on Amazon: 
http://www.Amazon.Com/dp/0692525602/ - Resume Psychology – Beat the Machine - The Candy Maker Resume – Resume Hacks - 2 “commercials” on this page 

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  1. Great article! Thank you!

    Resume keywords are really important to make sure your resume makes it through the auto-filters. I use Jobscan to make sure I’m using the right keywords in my resume.

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