I post this letter of gratitude authored first by Don Burrows, my co-author and mentor extraordinaire.
If I smoked, I would be lighting up a fine cigar to celebrate the birth of Burn Your Résumé! You Need a Professional Profile™ – written and published in collaboration with my co-author, writer, editor and blogger Deborah Drake (www.AuthenticWritingProvokes.com).
Were you holding the book in your hands (which we certainly hope you will shortly be doing!) you’d see a starburst on the cover that says “REAL COVER LETTERS and REAL RÉSUMÉS of REAL PEOPLE that got them REAL RESULTS.”
In a flash of inspiration, Deb came up with the book’s subtitle: “Winning the Inner and Outer Game of Finding Work or New Business.”
CONTENT (cover letters and Profiles) is the framework of winning the Outer Game. I’ll teach you that.
CHARACTER, CONFIDENCE and COURAGE (maintaining your resiliency, your self-esteem and your authentic self from the start of your search for work or new clients to the first day on the job) is the foundation of winning the Inner Game. Deb will teach you that.
Blending our expertise, we have done our best to tell you WHAT to do and also provide examples / blueprints of HOW to do it.
A lot of real people contributed to this book by accepting our invitation to become guinea pigs. They gave us their old résumés and cover letters and then helped us refine and validate the Professional Profile™ process by working it from start to finish. Some of these folks are employees and others are solopreneurs. Some read the book and created their own material; others received varying degrees of our input. We are grateful to every one of you. Our thanks to Marie Baptiste, Greg Pease, Kyle Margolies, Billy Duke, Aaron Urban, Eric Castaneda, Scott Bell, Gerald Grinter, Susan Straub-Martin, JonScott Williams and Taye Cook, Jennifer Haga and Chris Burrows.
And besides those whose Profiles appear in the book, others have contributed with testimonials, referrals, encouragement and material for use on our website – Mike Margolies, Brent Ward, Leona Rehm, Lourdes Sampera-Tsukada, John Webb, Jason Adolf, Rachel Braynin, Stephen Magladry and of course our cover designer Jon Knight (www.soundpnp.com)
Deb and I are just beginning an organic, grass-roots campaign to tell people about the book and its focus on what people have ACCOMPLISHED and the SKILLS they have used in the process. In addition to job seekers and solopreneurs, we are certain it will be helpful to career coaches for themselves and their clients, military transitioning back to civilian status, Boomers in transition, and new graduates looking for their first job.
Burn Your Résumé! You Need a Professional Profile™ is now available on Amazon, and there you can read more about the book and they will shortly have contents to sample. Were you inclined to take a moment and write an Amazon review, we thank you in advance.
Donald M. Burrows, Career Specialist & Resume Strategist
With deep gratitude for everyone that brought this Labor of Love and Business Book to life I second all that Don writes. It takes a lot of energy to write and produce a book. And to then take on publishing it yourself! Don’t think we can count and catalog the hours spent doing something or other for this work, not to mention the last weeks of production and pages proofed as pdfs and on paper.
To write is one thing. To publish is another. To promote what you publish then becomes the journey you may look forward to or dread. I look forward to it! I’m going to make if FUN.
If you have a book in you, get a team, rally for support, keep going and ask for help when you need it. The late hours, the moments of WTF…ALL worth it when that first bound proof arrives at 7pm (if you are a residential address…LOL)
We will have a book release party formally in due time. For now we organize and gently move about the room sharing our “fatigued joy and gratitude for all those who played a part in this process.”
We couldn’t have done it without each and everyone of you!
Deborah Drake – Authentic Writing Provokes.