For experienced jobseekers, best resume is to be direct with key skills and terms in top half of resume. As most companies utilize database systems to search and sort, it is best to be brief and direct.  Create new resumes for different job functions or applications.  Do not try to be all things to all people.  Most employers are seeking individuals that have already had experience in their field and have most of the specific skill set they are seeking.


Most hiring managers, do not read entire resume and if they don’t see the skill set they are seeking quickly, will not take the time to read through a couple page resume.


If you don’t have experience in a field but are seeking to enter it utilizing some overlapping skills, include objective with some common terms that apply to you and the new job you are interested in and include in your objective the title you are focused on.


If your employer has had name changes through acquisition, make sure it is easily identified to hiring manager that you were with one organization showing consistency through the changes in title and/or company name.


Do not just list skill set or key words, if you do not truly have experience or expertise in that area.  Computers do pull your name out of the group but it is a major negative to hiring managers that feel you are being misleading if you make it to the phone interview or on-site interview stage.


Do put your best skill on top half of first page.   If that is education or if that is work experience, page placement is important.  Do start with most current employment and title and include dates of employment, job function, duties and accomplishments.  The objective of resume is to gain interest to get to next step in employment process which is generally a phone connection.  Don’t try to put everything in your resume just key points.


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