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May 30, 2003
Professionals Subtract from Resumes in Job Hunt
Hiring Managers tell the Wall Street Journal that they are seeing more resumes from unemployed professionals who omit accomplishments so they do not seem overqualified for positions.

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Witnessing a lack of opportunities for professionals, the job seekers say they use scaled-back resumes to help get them at least interviews for positions below their previous jobs.

"Your goal is to get somebody on the horn," Allison Hemming, president of Hired Guns, a staffing agency, tells the Journal. "Unfortunately, in this economy, you have people who have to make ends meet. It's not necessarily a bad job-hunting strategy at all."

However, even the applicants admit their efforts to 'dumb down' their resumes could be in vain.

"I can't say that dumbing down works," says a former marketing director, who created one resume with all of her accomplishments and a scaled down version. "A smart company still will not hire you if they feel that you're going to be underemployed. But we as job seekers will still try to convince them, because it's a way in."

The newspaper notes applicants need to careful about crafting resumes that omit certain information about their work history, because an inaccurate resume could be viewed as unethical and could lead to dismissal.

One job seeker tells the newspaper that hiring conditions have dictated that she craft a less sophisticated resume.

"I don't think the economy is at a point where [employers] are ready to see a non-dumbed-down version of my resume," a job hunter tells the newspaper.

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