Winning Ways to
Frustrated by a resume
that doesn't sparkle? Freaked out by job interviews? Don't worry!
WinWay Resume 4.0
(Windows 3.1/95) not only lets you create a resume/cover letter, you can
track job-related contacts, simulate the interview, and even launch a
cybersearch to WinWay's Internet site - where you can post your resume,
look over job listings, sample resumes and cover letters, and research
Why, it's like an
Of course the most
important function is creating the actual resume and cover letter, so
if WinWay Resume is to be of any value it should help you make a scintillating
CV. So its "AutoWriter" feature gives you a library of phrases
designed to make your resume stand out from the crowd, while still imparting
the required information. If you've never put together a resume before,
or if your resume hasn't gotten you an interview, this could be your ticket.
Creating the documents
is easy. Just double click on any section of the page layout template
and it's brought into a window in which you can make any changes you want.
You can fill in the blanks to make any phrase applicable to your situation,
or you can write it yourself and the software will merely format it correctly
for you. The built in examples range from short and sweet, like "I'm
responding to the ad in the <publication>" to the more tedious
like "In response to your recent advertisement, please accept this
letter in application for the <name of> position currently available
within your company."
WinWay breaks the
letter down into sections, including "Opening," "Body,"
and "Closing," with an abundance of templates for each. By mixing
and matching, you can create a professional (if slightly boring) cover
letter - and there's a wide enough variety of choices that it isn't likely
your letter will end up looking like those of everyone else who uses WinWay
Ditto for the resume
part. AutoWriter gives you a series of "objective statements,"
"experience phrases," and "highlight suggestions"
ranging from "A position as a <job title> in a major corporation,"
to "Assisted subordinates and supervisors in identifying and resolving
problems. Consistently met or exceeded <what> goals. Contributed
to all aspects of <what>."
If nothing else, the
program may give you a hint at why your hand-crafted resumes haven't opened
WinWay's video lessons
are professionally, if woodenly, done. The interview simulation covers
everything from whether you should admit to having a headache (no!), to
dickering your price (try to throw the ball back into the employer's court)
and the benefits of benefits. It also gives you the strategy behind the
tactics it suggests you use.
Will WinWay Resume
help you get your dream job? Who knows? But it can help organize
and "professionalize" your job hunt, and that's a good thing.
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