Your Resumé


Working on your resumé but can’t seem to make it better? Consider using a professional resumé writer. Here are some websites where you can get some ideas about hiring a pro.

The Professional Association of Resumé Writers & Career Coaches –

The National Resumé Writers’ Association –

Career Professionals of Canada –

Police Test Tutor (Certified Resume Strategist – Focus on police skills)

Resume Right (Australia) –


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How to Select a Resume Writer by Lisa Vaas –

When is The Best Time to Update Your Resume? by Martin Yate –





Books about Resumé Preparation

What Color is Your Parachute? Guide to Rethinking Resumés by Richard N. Bolles (2014). Most of the resumé books are big with many examples of resumés. This one is different. It’s a little book, only 104 pages. If you’re working on a resumé, I’d recommend a quick read of this book in conjunction with using one of the larger resumé books. The advice here is right up to date and one of its main themes is that old-style resumés don’t work anymore.

Before and After Resumes by Tracey Burns-Martin (2012). Resumés for over 500 careers. There’s a chapter on resumés for the over-50 worker which includes tips for age-proofing your resumé.

Best Canadian Resumés by Sharon Graham (2013). This is an especially helpful book if you’re going to be submitting a resumé in Canada. It shows you how to plan and develop your resumé. There are lots of sample resumés, including one for an RCMP member applying for a position.

New Resumé New Career by Catherine Jewell (2010). I picked this one because it deals specifically with resumés for career changers. It has 50 examples of displaying transferable skills in a resumé. There’s an interesting page about how to choose the right resumé style for you.

The Everything Resume Book by Lin Grensing-Pophal (2013). One of the many resumé books out there. This one is very current though. If you’ve looked into updating your resumé you might have discovered there are now many ways to format and deliver your resumé. Includes sections on the video resumé, virtual job fairs, and resumés for the internet.

The Career Change Resumé by Kim Isaacs and Karen Hofferber (2003). Lots of resumé examples in this book. The authors cover a wide range and neatly divide the book by careers in each chapter. One of the chapters is for Legal/Law Enforcement, including a sample police officer resumé. There’s a good chapter about reinventing your resumé for a career change and FAQs about career change resumés.

Gallery of Best Resumes For People Without A Four-Year Degree by David F. Noble (2009). No degree but lots of experience? This might be the resumé guide book for you. Lots of examples showing you how to display your experience and training.

The Targeted Resumé by Kate Wendleton (2014). I like the way the author works you through the 13 steps of putting a resumé together. It’s really simple and easy to follow, yet very thorough. I think if you followed her steps you wouldn’t leave anything out of your resumé that is important, but you’d have a well structured and focused resumé. There’s an excellent chapter on using LinkedIn. She also deals with electronic resumés and online company job applications as well as other online issues. It’s a very up-to-date book.

Knock ‘em Dead Resumes by Martin Yate (2012). I liked this book. It shows the importance of taking the time to gather all the relevant material before you start putting your resumé together. There’s a whole chapter on how to systematically organize your relevant information. The author reminds the reader to take the time in gathering this important foundational resumé content. He has over 35 years of experience in the job-search field so really knows what he’s talking about.