The Resume Template
Getting Started
Your Accomplishments
Fill In the Template
Saving as Text
The Importance of the Keyword Search
Stupid Email Tricks
Signing Up for Job Sites
Keeping a Log of Your Job Sites
Posting Your Resume to Job Sites
Further Resume Examples

The Mechanics of the Job Search, Week 1
The Mechanics of the Job Search, Week 2... and Beyond
Handling the Job Offer

All about Resumes

Resume Example

This is the typical resume of a highly-skilled professional. It goes on for pages and pages. But more isn't necessarily better. Less, in fact, is often more.

Before Version

Pages 1 and 2
Pages 3 and 4
Page 5

After Version

Page 1
Page 2

There... isn't that better?

Resume Tips

You may make targeted resumes later, but your first resume should be the most comprehensive version possible aiming at the highest level of work you think you can pursue. It should have everything in it but the kitchen sink. This is what is going to get you all the calls from recruiters and all the hits in the database.

You are how you define yourself in terms of title. You can put down your official pay grade if that suits your purpose better, or you can describe yourself in functional terms. Your friends will be giving your references, so no worries there. Don't mix pay grades and functional terms, because that can be confusing, i.e. "Analyst II/Network Support Engineer" - what were you? An analyst or a network engineer? These are two very different jobs. If you were a network engineer, state that. Don't put down your "pay grade" or "job classification slot" if it doesn't support your career goals. No one outside of your company knows what an Analyst II is anyway.

Resume Writing
Consolidating experience

You can lump together temporary and permanent time spent at one client company. On the other hand, you can consolidate all the time that you worked for one particular agency, even though there were many different assignments. Whatever makes your resume look better or more coherent is what you should do. However, make sure to never link the name of the client company AND the agency who put you there. There's no need to disclose your agency's client list, as it were. Also, as in the case of The Aquamarine Fairy, recruiters pestered him frequently about a client company he was at because he was a contractor there. They didn't want to place him at his next assignment - they wanted to put other contractors there at his job site! Don't let them waste your time. They have a job; you need one - and yakking with them about your current client isn't going to help you get there.

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