17 Steps to a Bigger Paycheck

Helpful tips in this article. I would add a little caveat about tip #5, which says the following:

5. Trash your old-fashioned resume. When people start looking for jobs, the first thing they do is update their resumes, usually by adding a few lines to include the latest job, says Yate. Too old school. Today, resumes are kept in databases and searched with certain keywords. So your old-style format won't cut it, says Yate. "Instead, turn your resume on its head: Show them your skills," he says.

To go along with the resume, consider a "leadership addendum," says Ellis. Basically, this is a list of achievements "that focuses on skills and situations," she says.

That's definitely good advice if you're posting your resume on job boards on the web or submitting your resume to a very large company through impersonal means like the company's website.

If you're following the other tips in that list, though, you'll be making a lot of use of your network, arguably a more powerful job searching tool than any online board or any resume submission page on a company website. When you're dealing with real people rather than a piece of software that looks for key words, you're better off with the more conventional reverse-chronological resume format, because people don't read resumes the way software does. Also keep in mind that while big companies maintain those resume databases, smaller businesses aren't as likely to, simply because they don't traffic in large volumes of resumes.

When it comes to your job search, word of mouth trumps all else (even for landing jobs at big companies), so always put real people first, even if that means you create a different resume for the live readers.