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Resumes For Dummies, 6th Edition by Joyce Lain Kennedy

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Chapter 16

A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes for Special Circumstances

Just because you’re changing careers or stepping out of your military uniform, or explaining resume gaps, or running away from home back into the workforce, or are ready to belt the next person who calls you “overqualified,” don’t think you’re necessarily at a disadvantage. You can create a riveting resume. The samples in this chapter give you some ideas about how to do just that by deftly handling your special circumstances.

A text box atop each sample resume contains a mission statement — that is, what the job seeker aims to accomplish, which usually is a better job. The mission statement also includes the requirements for a specific position — or a summary of the typically requested requirements for an occupation or career field.

Within the mission statement, each of the job’s requirements has a number next to it. The same number also appears in the body of the resume next to the job seeker’s matching qualification for that requirement.

beware_sailing.eps The cross-matched numbers between a job’s requirements and the candidate’s qualifications shown here are just for illustration, not for your actual resumes.

These samples are intended to laser your attention to requirement-and-qualification matching, the single most important factor in causing your candidacy to get noticed in an online swarm of resumes.

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