I recently had the opportunity to read Ford Myers' new book "Get the Job You Want Even When No One's Hiring." If you are looking for a comprehensive resource aimed toward the mid-level to executive professional that goes far beyond resume writing, this book may be just for you.
Myers' book is divided into five main parts: Psychology of job hunting in a down market, career search strategy, explanations and examples of "core job seeker materials," job search tactics, and advice for after you land the job.
Myers' chapter outlining the core job seeker materials is one of the most helpful pieces of the book, in my opinion. Myers believes your resume should be the tool least 1941 on dvd Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II dvd used in your job search and walks the reader through developing what he considers more important tools including written accomplishments, positioning statements, biographies, target company lists, contact lists, professional references, recommendation letters, scripts for networking, and a tracking system.
The book is loaded with exercises and worksheets to help the reader organize his or her thoughts and develop each piece complete with instructions on how and when to use them. His process is thorough and no doubt, time consuming, but any reader who takes the time to go through the book and prepares the materials will be a very well-prepared candidate.
I love Myers' Perfect Match Cover Letter One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest buy which he says should be used when responding to a job board posting or a follow-up after a meeting about a position. It's a spin-off from the 'typical' cover letter and a bit longer. If written properly and if the candidate could demonstrate with it (and obviously in follow-up interviews) that he or she truly is a match, the Perfect Match Cover Letter in itself would enough to convince me to seriously consider giving an employment offer.
Note that this book doesn't address many of the challenges of entry-level job seekers. If you are a recent college grad, you may find some of the examples and materials don't apply to you this early in your career.