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Many jobseekers today are constantly reinventing themselves in order to stay afloat in our poor economy. For some, that means returning to a previous career when their current industry is downsizing.

While that can be a great move in terms of job prospects, it does present a challenge in updating your resume.

Let’s say for example that you’re in retail management and have been for the past 15 years. However, before you were in retail you were an accountant for 5 years. Given the state of the economy, you see that there are more accounting than retail jobs available and you decide to go for it.

You create your reverse chronological resume (latest job first) and send it out, knowing you’ll be called in to interview. Days pass, then weeks without one call.
You can’t figure out what you did wrong. You’re a seasoned professional. You have the requisite accounting experience. It’s all there near the bottom of page two on your resume. Didn’t the hiring managers see it?

Probably not.

Hiring managers are very busy. They scan opening summaries and then the most recent work experience. They see that you’ve been involved in retail management, so they move on to find someone with accounting experience. They never bothered to get to the second page of your resume, because they don’t have time to search for important data.

How do you overcome this problem?

Rather than writing a reverse chronological resume, consider a combo type format. It’s a combination of a functional resume and a reverse chronological resume, and is popular with those in career transition.

After your opening summary – in which you state clearly that you have 5 years of accounting experience – you would have a section titled “Relevant Experience” - here, you would list what you know about accounting in subsections. They might be titled: AP/AR, reconciliations, payroll, etc.

Following that section, you would have a section titled “Professional Accounting Experience” – this would be listed in a reverse chronological order detailing your accounting career. Following it would be a section you’d call “Other Experience” – here you would list your retail management experience. However, you wouldn’t detail it as much as your accounting tasks.

Certainly, it will take time to reformat your resume and there are two ways: you can turn to a knowledgeable person and he will compose your resume in the best possible way with your words or work on your own. Whichever way you choose, you should know that there are professionals and they are always ready to help you here for a small fee. Remember the result and everything will be fine.
Posted By: Ruth Palumbo
Friday, January 11th 2019 at 5:33AM
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