New Resume Book 'A Must' For All at Any Stage in Their Career

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Kathleen A. Graham's new resume book shows how to transform a resume into a powerful effective marketing tool. It includes "before" and "after" examples drawn from real world files, how to fix a weak resume, cover letter errors, resume essentials and how to handle special situations. It shows how to avoid errors that get resumes tossed into the wastebasket.

A great resume is "a must" in today's competitive job climate-not an option," points out Kathy Graham, who just-published Graham's Manual of Style for Resumes and Cover Letters that is now available on The cost is $14.95. Graham is principal and co-founder of HQ Search, Inc. (, a retained executive search firm specializing in financial services positions globally.

This book is a step-by-step guide to transforming a resume into a powerful marketing tool that really sells you. It includes numerous side-by-side "before" and "after" examples drawn from Graham's real world files that show you how to fix resume errors, what the Eight Essentials are, what your summary must contain, and how to handle special situations such as career transition, job hopping, recent graduate, and unemployment. Many non-financial resume examples are provided. There is also a detailed chapter on how to write an effective cover letter and why most cover letters today do not present the individual in the best light.

"Resumes are also highly effective marketing tools both for entrepreneurs and the employed," she adds. "By using my methods to create a resume, an entrepreneur creates all their other marketing materials at the same time. By preparing a resume in my manner, the employed increase their chances for a raise at review time and are prepared in case of career transition."

In addition to being an award-winning recruiter and career strategist, Graham was a first-day presenter at the 2009 Chicago Federal Reserve's Ninth Annual Private Equity Conference where she spoke on how firms can use human capital to more effectively promote portfolio growth.

Graham obtained her MBA in Finance, Analytic Finance, and Econometrics & Statistics from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. She received her BA in Business Administration and Marketing from North Central College, Naperville, IL, where she also taught classes in corporate finance.

In 1998 she was recognized by the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business with their "CEO" award, given annually to only five MBA students. From 2001 - 2005 she was the global chair of its Alumni Finance Roundtable that attracted 130 - 400 senior professionals to monthly events.

Graham is an active member of the 100 Women in Hedge Funds, the CFA Institute nationally and locally, Chicago Financial Women, and Hedge Fund Cares.


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