Author: Susan Britton Whitcomb
A giant compendium of advice and before-and-after résumé transformations that’s hailed by professional
résumé writers as the definitive, holistic resource for writing and designing résumés that get people
noticed and hired. Explains all the “nuts and bolts” of résumé creation and illustrates professional
techniques with actual examples that show why the techniques work. Résumé Magic has consistently
been one of our best-selling books by an outside author. The previous two editions have sold a total of
more than 55,000 copies, bringing in nearly a half-million dollars. The book has also spawned an entire
series of coaching-oriented job search books: Cover Letter Magic, Interview Magic, and Job Search
Magic. This new edition will build on the success of its predecessors.
• 50 before-and-after résumé transformations that reveal the trade secrets of one of America’s most
respected and effective résumé writers.
• New edition will feature completely updated information on electronic and online résumés.
• New and updated example résumé transformations.
• Includes marketing techniques to make the reader’s résumé content and design stand above the
• Dynamite advice on cover letters, references, networking, and career management.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Résumé Primer
Chapter 2: How to Use Branding and Advertising Strategies to Get an Interview
Chapter 3: How to Choose the Most Flattering Format
Chapter 4: Blueprint for a Blockbuster Résumé
Chapter 5: How to Write Great Copy
Chapter 6: Accomplishments: The Linchpin of a Great Résumé
Chapter 7: Editing: Résumé-Speak 101
Chapter 8: Visual Artistry: The Missing Link
Chapter 9: E-Résumés, E-Portfolios, and Blogs
Chapter 10: Cover Letters and Other Parts of the Puzzle
Appendix A: Worksheets to Catalog Personal History
Appendix B: Survey: What Employers Really Want in a Résumé
Appendix C: Action Verbs with Sample Phrases
About the Author
Since 1984, Susan Britton Whitcomb has provided career management strategies to people who want to
move their careers forward faster. Susan has helped thousands of job seekers succeed in translating their
passions into profit—both for themselves and their employers. Author of Job Search Magic and Interview
Magic (JIST Works) and coauthor of eResumes (McGraw-Hill), Susan speaks nationally on the topic of
career management. She is president of Career Masters Institute, the job seeker’s “go-to” resource for
trusted career experts; founder of Career Coach Academy, a training center and think-tank for quality
career coaches; and principal of California-based Whitcomb Career Consulting. She holds designations
as a Certified Career Management Coach, Credentialed Career Master, Master Resume Writer, and
Nationally Certified Résumé Writer. She is a member of the International Coach Federation, the National
Career Development Association, the Christian Coaches Network, and the National Résumé Writers’
Susan is a sought-after speaker among career professionals. A partial list of public speaking
engagements includes presentations at the Career Masters Institute, International Career Development
Conference, National Résumé Writers’ Association, Association of Job Search Trainers, Central California
Women’s Conference, NCDA, California State University–Fresno, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, and
various executive recruiting firms; guest...