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Book Review: The Perfect Resume: Today’s Ultimate Job Search Tool by Tom Jackson

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The Perfect Resume: Today’s Ultimate Job Search Tool by Tom Jackson is packed with highly relevant information on just how to get your resume and background noticed. The presentation is packed with good advice, as well as sample documents which retrofit your work experience into the requirements most sought after by potential employers.

The cover letter can make reference to a recent company event or announcement serving as a springboard for your contact to the firm. The letter should make reference to specific value you can offer, as well as research of company needs and how you can satisfy them. The closing should make reference to a specific meeting time and venue. Generally, there is no software that can take the place of one-on-one communication.

The author believes that a personal meeting with a company representative or hiring manager is optimal because eye contact, enthusiasm, spontaneous expression, and similar attributes can be conveyed better than any piece of paper or electronic email. In addition, positions often come up without prior knowledge.

Jackson provides sample resumes to whet the appetite of potential employers. The resume should make reference to a specific position, the skills you take to the position, past accomplishments, work history, education, and any special professional credentials like licenses, i.e., actuary, engineer, IT professional.

In addition, Jackson has an exhaustive resume review index which categorizes resumes according to chronology, functionality, targeted audience, and professional level. For instance, a chronological resume would be sent out for positions such as health spa manager, operations supervisor, counselor, quality assurance analyst, sales software, engineer, or editor. A functional resume would be sent out for a fashion buyer, graphic artist, diplomat, or social service position.

The Perfect Resume is an excellent career planning resource. The work focuses on the most practical aspects of professional contacts to human resource personnel and hiring managers with authority to fill specific positions in the budget.

About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.