Dumbing Down Resume

February 2, 2009 7:13:21 AM PST
In this tough economy, many people who are looking for work need to make a good first impression--on paper. One of the most important things that can help to get a coveted job interview is the resume. Lyn Compton owned her own business for years. But, she recently had to close up shop. Now, she's looking for a job at a time when millions of Americans are doing the same thing.

"It's frightening," she said. "I have sent out my resume to a lot of people, and it's never even been looked at."

Labor experts say more job hunters are "dumbing down" their resumes to be considered for jobs they're probably over-qualified to do.

"Sometimes you have to do that just to get your foot in the door," said John Russ, with the Idaho Department of Labor.

Learning to tailor your qualifications to fit a job can be helpful, even if it means leaving out skills you have that aren't required for the job you want.

"A lot of times, if we do dumb it down, you know the employer is willing to give us that shot to prove our worth," Russ said.

Experts say once you get an interview, then you can mention the skills you didn't included on your resume, emphasizing how your extra skills will help you to fulfill their expectations for the job. ----
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