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Quick resume tip: Lead with your skill set

The companies you've worked for should not take precedence over your skill set. Here's how to restructure your resume to reflect that.

There are a couple of good reasons you should be using a skills-based resume. For one, you want potential employers to focus on what you know rather than where you've worked. Another is that your work history, like that of many people in the current economy, may be spotty, and you'd like to show that despite holding a series of jobs, you've kept your skills up to date.

Most employment specialists recommend that you avoid using one general resume for all jobs you apply for. Instead, they suggest you customize a resume for each position. Focusing on the skills you have that match the job you're applying for is the best way to do it.

Click here to download an example of a skills-based resume, and see if you see the benefit.

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