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Preface

Preface

I first became aware of the potential for a resume to be a very special statement 15 years ago. As a Bernard Haldane Associates client, I encountered an approach to resume development that incorporated an objective, summary listing of major skills and series of accomplishments along with the usual sections on education and work.

Using those structural components, my consultant Richard Bell and I came up with a finished product that was a tremendous thrill to me at the time, and the start of a personal fascination with helping other people come up with similarly strong resumes.

I had no written guidelines nor base of samples for reference. The design process initially began on a conceptual level. The core idea seemed to involve building a bridge between past experience and new horizons, of finding links and writing them up persuasively. The resume became a sales tool for developing new work options.

Very gradually, I defined a systematic and detailed methodology for accomplishing that purpose. And while consulting on and editing resumes on the career services staff of a university, came up with the distinguishing feature of this approach—STRATEGIC resumes. The name was a breakthrough perception on what made them distinctive.

Strategy means knowing what you want, and marshalling resources to achieve your goal. It involves stepping outside the regular parameters of thinking about careers, jobs and qualifications. It’s an intellectually demanding task that requires practicality and creativity in bringing out your strengths, in building a case for your candidacy.

Special thanks are in order to the many people who have given permission to use their resumes as samples. (To protect privacy, they are all fictionalized). Especially appreciated in this regard are students and alumni of Golden Gate University in San Francisco, and the clients of our firm in Scituate, Massachusetts…

And in the production phase, a very grateful acknowledgment to Kent Wampler for his consistent help in refining ideas, streamlining language, and formatting samples. Warm thanks also to Phil Gerould, Publisher at Crisp Publications, Inc., whose sensitivity an facilitative style have been uncommon grace notes in the challenging, slow task of moving this manuscript into print!

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