WIP: More Cover Art for my Book

Playing around with more artwork, what do you think about any of these for a Resume Writing and Career tip book.

 

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WIP: Cover Art for Resume Book v5

So I have been running through a bunch of different versions, trying to include everyone’s advice, in one form or another. Thank you to everyone that has suggested changes or just said the first one sucked 😉

My son came up with the basic format for this one and I really liked it. What do you think of this as the cover art for my book?

 

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The Canvas Without Stars

A new friend who has a gift for finding special moments.

An Alien at Sea

Donotopen the door for anyone, even if they say it’s just a package.”

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The moment he was sure she was gone, San-hee kicked the covers away from him and tiptoed across the room to reach…

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WIP: Cover Art for Book

What do you think of the cover art for the resume writing book?  I checked out Amazon’s Resume book section and a plain cover seems acceptable. Most are blue or green, so I was wondering if red would make it stand out more.

Oh and I think I will go with this title. Cover Art.jpg

Thoughts?

One step closer!

WIP: Naming my resume book

Sitting here listening to Meat Loaf’s Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, trying to think of titles for this book. Originally, I thought I would use “Resume and Career Tips from an Old Guy” but that has kinda fallen out of favor. Some times music is great for inspiration and other times it just sucks the motivation to write right out of me. Today it worked!

If you could respond and tell me which title(s) you liked, I would be grateful for the assist.

  1. How to Get Ahead: Resume Writing and Career Advice
  2. An Achiever’s Guide to Resume Writing & Career Tips
  3. How to Get Noticed in the Job Hunt: Resume Writing and Career Tips
  4. Writing Resumes and Career Tips for Achievers
  5. How to be Successful in your Career: Resume Writing & Career Tips
  6. Get Noticed: Resume Writing and Career Tips
  7. Diamond in the Rough: Getting Your Resume & Career Noticed
  8. What I Learned Over the Years: Resume Writing and & Career Tips

A quick summary of the book to help you decide: This book talks about how to make your resume stand out from other resumes by writing achievements. To differentiate from most resumes, describe the scope by quantifying or qualifying the accomplishment. Lastly, I give career tips that help you build these achievements and finding jobs.

Thank you for your help!

Update August 2019

It has been an interesting year so far. What with leaving Amazon, starting work at Vega Project, my writings and just general life.

At Vega, I finally got an official title. Well, it has been a while but new for this update. I am a Technical Consultant. At least that is what it states on my business card. I have been working on creating a new digital signage solution I am calling In-House Digital Signage (IHDS). Hope that sticks.

The goal of IHDS is to augment current corporate communications systems and replace the old paper bulletin boards. It is pretty much a given that people’s attention will flick to a screen because of the movement. Not that all will pay attention but probably more so than walking pass a paper bulletin board. This also goes for corporate Emails. I imagine most people do not really look at them unless the subject catches their interest.

I have found some tools that seem to work well together and are easy to use. While most digital signage solutions are effectively commercial ad delivery systems and require a level of expertise to put together, this system will be easy to use and allow most people to put forth messages.

Pretty cool for someone that recently joined the Audio/Visual world. Okay, it’s true, it helps that I have 20+ years of IT experience.

On the writing front, I am currently editing the resume writing book. Still keeping the title “Resume and Career Tips from an Old Guy.” Really can’t think of another title I like. I will publish it only through Amazon and try the Kindle Unlimited program.  Still shooting for October release date but I imagine that might slip.

I have just set up a Facebook Page for resume and career tips.  https://www.facebook.com/resumencareerbyjim

Since I like to give advice on Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/James-Grimm-6), I have started updating Facebook with my responses. I figure the FB Page will keep them separate from my general writing page and allow people to only see the things they wish.

We also have progress in the children’s book front. My artist partner has gotten a few more pages done and we are moving along a little slowly but nicely. I will probably need another artist to help with the books because she has to go back to university soon. Finding artists that are willing to work this way has been a little difficult. I have started drawing more to see if I can do if it comes to that.

Lastly, I am rewriting the Atlantis books. When I have time I am adding more explanations and details of the advanced civilization in an Ice Age world. Recently, I have viewed a lot of history videos on YouTube. That gave me the idea to try and work in more ancient findings into my books to give an explanation from my world’s point of view.

Any way a busy year. Creating new products and doing a lot of marketing/sales work for them. Writing a few different books while building my Author brand and trying to stay out of trouble in general (not always succeeding here).

Enjoy the last days of summer!

WIP: Resume writing book update.

Well, received a rejection back from the publishing company I submitted my manuscript to. Regrettably, it was a standard rejection notice and provide no feedback. One step forward and two steps back!

I am trying to decide what to do next. Run the gauntlet of publishing companies to enhance my ability to take rejection?  Or, self-publish and see how that goes? Self-publishing could probably get my book out by September or early October. Running the gauntlet could conceivably take years. And less money per book.

Another question I need to consider is whether to start a new website for resume writing and career tips. Create a FB page for this or just wait and see? I love to help folks create great resumes but my heart is really in trying to write my other books. Not sure if this would be a big time taker to accomplish and keep up.

Lastly, the title of my book. I think it will remain “Resume and Career Tips from an Old Guy” What do you think? Maybe not the most catchy but pretty descriptive of the situation.

Leave me a comment and share your thoughts!

 

POEM: I am not allowed to cry

Sometimes I have really weird thoughts veggin out on the train.

 

Not allowed to cry.

I play a sport and skin my knee,
but I am not allowed to cry.

Frustration swells, anger barely controlled,
but I am not allowed to cry.

Love fulfilled, two as one,
but I am not allowed to cry.

Pride is bursting, joy overwhelming,
but I am not allowed to cry.

Pain unbearable, a loss unending,
but I am not allowed to cry.

One heart alone, sadness in silence.

Am I now allowed to cry?

WIP: Untitled Resume Writing Book

So, one of the things I have recently started is a book about resume writing and career tips. I have helped many friends over the years and have had many recruiters comment on my resume. Additionally, I have looked at a lot of resumes as a hiring manager in different jobs.

One chapter will be examples from different industries/job fields of metrics to discuss. Many resumes I see list only the tasks and do not show the complexity, nor quantify or qualify these tasks. So how does a hiring manager tell if you have done more than the next person?

I would like to ask if you can help me by sending the following information (job title, one or more sentences on what it is you do, and a few metrics your company uses to judge your performance over your peers.) I might contact you with a few questions to clarify some points later. As a thank you, I would mention you in my Special Thank You page in the book.

Here is a draft piece from the beginning of my book.

A resume is your calling card that explains your history and experience. Most resumes stop there. This approach gives a general idea of what you ‘might’ be capable of but typically does not give the impression of the scope.
The scope is how involved the tasks were. If you list you worked at McDonald’s as a shift manager, then you are in direct competition with thousands of others that do the same job and many front line managers at other companies. How do you differentiate yourself from the run of the mill person with management experience?
You need to quantify or qualify the workload or list things you did above and beyond your routine tasks. Not all stores are created equal. Some are super busy, and others are barely making it. Adding phrases that show the complexity of your work allows the reader to start forming a picture of your capabilities.
Most readers will look at your resume and start making a picture based upon the data you put in your resume. They will look at the names of the companies you worked for, the titles of your job and the skills and tools you list. The more you list, the more they will think you must be an expert.
Many years ago I was interviewing candidates for a Unix administrator position. I had a candidate that listed he was a ten year Unix administrator. The candidate did not record any achievements under the job description, but at that time I built an image of a very experienced Unix administrator. When I got him on the phone, I apologized for having to ask some pretty basic Unix questions that we asked all candidates. I felt pretty silly asking them.
To my surprise, he could not answer the questions. Most of his answers were “We have scripts for that.” In other words, the company had customized how they did many of the basic administrative functions. He could not tell me how the scripts worked either. So here I had a ten year Unix administrator that didn’t know Unix anymore if he ever did. He pretty much just did what procedures they had with the tools they had for the job. It got to the point where I said, “So you don’t know Unix anymore do you?” He agreed, and we had to end the call.
The point is, listing tasks or skills alone does not show what you can do. From that point on, I did not trust a list of skills but wanted to see how the candidate used those skills. I imagine many hiring managers and recruiters have experienced the same thing.