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Updating your resume to highlight either front-end or back-end expertise

Pablo Mino
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Joined: Aug 11, 2009
Posts: 28
Hi, my job hunting is going through a slight bump. I have experienced the following scenarios:

- Applied for a back-end role, recruiter told me my resume highligthed a front-end profile
- Applied for a front-end role, recruiter told me my resume highlighted a back-end profile
- Recruiter think I'm too qualified for a junior role
- Recruiter think I'm not qualified enough for an intermediate role

Well, at the moment I'm puzzled and about to give up as I no longer know what to write in my resume anymore. Basically, my java development career has taken me through all the 4 tiers Java EE has to offer, hence I do mention all my work (and the technologies I am familiar with on a skill matrix) and I slightly tweak things here and there per application, but it seems is not enough, or is too much.

Do you guys worry on making such separation between front and back end, or should a resume be strong enough to emphasize I am good with both?
Maneesh Godbole
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Your resume summary should highlight what you are good at and your area of interest. It should logically be followed up with your experience in those areas. After this, frankly speaking, nothing is in your hands. People will usually only skim over the 1st page. So convey clearly what you want and how you are good at that so they will want to consider you.

This recruiter, is s/he technically qualified or just one of those people who make money by passing on your resume to companies without really understanding technology? Either way there is not much you can do, except perhaps trying to avoid the recruiter and talking to someone who knows technology.


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Pablo Mino
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Joined: Aug 11, 2009
Posts: 28
I appreciate your reply. I'm positive my first page is just as you described, thanks for that. There is a point when one not only doubt about the very quality of my experience, but also is a bit of a moral blow as I not only can't make them happy, is the fact I have to.

As for the recruiter who knows. All I know is out of the nowhere there is a bunch of recruiters as a first filtering layer, if they deem myself worthy only then my cv is handed to the company.

Maneesh Godbole
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Yeah I know what you mean. Been there, experienced that. Sometimes it can become totally frustrating.

On second thoughts, you can try and beat the odds, by creating different versions of your resume. The only change would be you sort of shuffle the resume contents. Then create different variations of your name and use them for the resume versions. e.g Pablo Mino, Mino Pablo, P Mino, M Pablo and so on. For all you know, one version might be approved. The important thing is to start getting considered by the actual company.

You might also want to start sending out resumes to target companies. Almost all of them provide a contact us id on their webpage. That way you can possibly avoid these types.
Another avenue is LinkedIn jobs. You just might find something interesting there.

Best of luck in your job hunt!
 
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