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The sample resume shown below is a targeted resume for an experienced professional with a five-year unemployment gap who is seeking a project manager position. By carefully targeting resumes for specific jobs and situations, you can greatly improve your chances of getting noticed in the job market.

This example uses the hybrid resume format, which is a combination of the reverse chronological resume format and the functional resume format. This resume leads off with the applicant's updated skills and education and buries an explanation of the employment gap near the end of the document.

A gray box atop the sample resume contains a mission statement that details what this job seeker aims to accomplish. The mission statement also includes the typical requirements for this type of occupation or career field. Notice that the numbers listed with the requirements shown in the gray box are cross-matched to qualifications shown in the resume.

The cross-matched numbers between the job’s requirements in the gray box and the candidate’s qualifications shown in the sample resume are just for illustration, not for your actual resume.

This resume sample is intended to focus your attention on requirement-and-qualification matching, the most important factor in causing your candidacy to get noticed during a job search.

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