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By stevetabler ·
I've just graduated (Aug 2001)with my BS in computer science at the older age of 44. Most of my work experience has been in hardware, which slightly predates my associate degree in electronics, which I received in 1978. During that time, I did maybe 3 embedded programming projects.

The resume I'm working from lists both my degrees, includes my positions back to 1978, and is only 1 page long. It was the result of a resume writing/review held on campus by Raytheon last year.

The problem seems to be that the few recruiters I've actually talked to have zeroed-in on my hardware experience as the basis for finding me a new position, when what I want is a software position based on my new degree. Should I remove all of those positions and the mentioning of my associate degree from my resume? Should I remove my current position of being a self-employed consultant since 1986?

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by monetje In reply to resume for new grad & lot ...

My suggestions are:

1. Right at the beginning of your resume have a section for your Career Objective: "To gain skills and experience in software developement...." or something along those lines. Right away, the recruiter knows that you are notinterested in obtaining a position for your hardware experience.

2. List of Position: I assuming that you worked on your second degree full time so...start the year you went back to school and go back 5 years only.

3. Desc of Positions: be brief and only put down transferable skills. (for example: system analysis, project management.)

4. Keep both degrees listed on resume. If the recruiter asks about the first degree then you only discuss it during the interview. This way it doesn't really give them a chance to focus on it before they meet you.

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