All about Resumes
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.
Pages 1 and 2
Pages 3 and 4
There... isn't that better?
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.
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.