Springfield, Ohio (PRWEB) February 9, 2006 -–
Well-known Springfield author and career specialist, Teena Rose, says, “It’s no brag if it’s true. That’s why I wrote my book.”
How to Design, Write and Compile a Brag Book is Ms. Rose’s sixth book on careers and professional advancement. Owner of Resume to Referral, a career coaching and resume service, Teena is a strong advocate of the newest ‘job search’ phenomenon – the brag book. “Brag books are hot right now and I’m certain the trend will continue,” she stated during a recent interview. “It’s another chance for people to sell themselves to a potential employer. It gives job seekers another tool to elaborate on special skills and workplace accomplishments (and) more people are using them to stand out from the crowd.”
So, just what is a brag book? Well, it’s a record of accomplishment in your professional life. Think of it as a colorful extension of your black-and-white resume. A brag book paints a multi-dimensional image of you by providing more details, facts and figures about your achievements on the job – and the documentation to back it up.
We asked Teena to provide some suggestions to help you compile and use a brag book of your own to find that perfect job faster. Here are some key tips from the author.
1. Include things like a copy of your resume, letters of recommendation (especially from your previous employers), copies of diplomas, licenses and certificates, customer letters, recognition letters from superiors and, of course, awards.
2. Don’t let the brag book become a hodge-podge. Carefully consider each item before you decide to include it. It shouldn’t look like a scrapbook. It should be neat and organized.
3. Don’t be modest. Remember, it’s no brag if it’s true. If you won the sales leader award 14 months running, that’s worth including in your brag book.
4. Customize your brag book for different job markets. For a job in sales, go heavy on satisfied customer letters. For a position in marketing and promotion, include a fact sheet of accomplishments, including charts that show increases in sales at your last position.
5. Present the brag book during the interview.
6. Your presentation should look professional. Spend a few dollars to have it printed (and even pamphlet-bound) professionally at your local office supply super store. Only print up what you need.
It’s a competitive job market with all of the layoffs within the automotive industry and the service sector over the past few years. Anything you can do to make a stronger impression works in your favor.
As Teena states in her latest career book: “It’s all about selling excellence.” Sounds like an excellent way to kick off a new job search.
About Resume to Referral
Teena Rose, President of Resume to Referral, is a certified and published resume writer, interview trainer and careerist. Visit http://www.resumebycprw.com to read articles and learn more ways you can improve your resume, speed your job search, survive downsizing, improve negotiation skills, and more.
Established in 1999, Resume to Referral has helped thousands of individuals launch, advance and switch careers. The company offers tiered resume packages including comprehensive resume development from scratch to resume revamp services. Resume to Referral is a member of the Better Business Bureau.
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