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You want to write a resume that mixes relevant skills, achievements, and experiences. Put your most valuable skills and abilities near beginning and add an objective tailored to job you are trying to get. A good outline for a career change resume follows:
* OBJECTIVE Write objective to match requirements of job. For instance, if you want a job as an "Internet Sourcer," then you could write something like: "An independent self-starter seeking a contract or freelance position to provide research and analysis skills using knowledge, a positive attitude, and experience as assets for hiring company."
* SKILLS Describe up to five skills or areas of expertise that you can offer. The skills can come from anywhere as long as you can prove them (e.g., a degree you completed last year or a hobby that makes you an expert).
* ACHIEVEMENTS List up to five bulleted points describing positive things you've done related your target job. For example, you can include both paid and volunteer work as well as hobbies or education.
* EDUCATION/TRAINING or EXPERIENCE List those items that fit well with your target career. If your education exemplifies your skills for job, emphasize it. As for experience, list those items in your current and past jobs that emphasize your experience specifically for job and your new career.
If you're curious and want a few examples for a given position, download Copernic (http://www.copernic.com) and use their "Resume" category search. Search for other resumes that meet your requirements for your position. You might also find someone else with your skills and realize that they made it into career you're heading toward!
--- Going After New Career ---
Once your resume is complete, go back and search for those positions that match your needs. Examine their requirements and create a cover letter that best describes how your attributes can satisfy needs of company. Don't use a form cover letter, tailor one for each individual position. When you're confident that cover letter and resume are ready, send them to contacts for each company.
You'll probably have to do this a few times until someone catches on to your skills and hires you. In process, make sure that you keep track of companies and their contacts that receive your resume. Since Web is inundated with repetition, make sure that you don't send your resume more than once to same company.
--- What's Next? ---
The idea is not to give up. If your dream is to telecommute, then you need to position yourself such that a telecommuting position can be yours. Just remember that your first job will be "on side" and its purpose is to help you gain experience as a telecommuter in your new career. As you become proficient, update your resume and go after big job! Just make sure your resume makes it clear that you have skills and desire to be proficient in that new job.
Edward B. Toupin is a telecommuting consultant, writer, and published author living in Las Vegas. You can visit his Web site at http://www.toupin.com or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.