But your resume makeover shouldn't stop there, said Steven Greenberg, CEO of Jobs4.0, a Web site that includes original job listings with companies seeking "experienced workers."
He advises writing a paragraph-long summary of your experience at the top of the first page, followed by a detailed list of your selected skills and achievements (statistics on increases in revenue and efficiency you were responsible for work well here). Then quickly list the positions you held and the dates you held them -- no descriptions needed.
"You should be viewed as this fantastic accumulation of experience and knowledge," said Greenberg, whose two-year-old site is free for jobseekers and includes listings from such corporate giants as Deloitte and GE. "It's not as relevant where and when you got the skill. You are the sum of all your skills."
Of course, none of this is license to go on and on about yourself for a dozen pages. No one wants to receive a resume that's more than two or three pages, tops.
No, really. While it's hardly the $700 billion assist Wall Street received from the feds, the One-Stop Career Centers the U.S. Department of Labor sponsors throughout the country offer free career counseling, job listings, computer and Internet access, and workshops on everything from resume makeovers to computer skills.
To find a One-Stop Career Center near you, visit ServiceLocator.org.
Of course, the government's helpfulness only goes so far. No matter what your situation -- pink slipped, brand new to the job market or returning to work for the first time since the Clinton administration -- it's ultimately up to you to make your own bailout plan.
This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.
Michelle Goodman is a freelance journalist, author and former cubicle dweller. Her books — "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube" and "My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire" (October 2008) — offer an irreverent take on the traditional career guide. More tips on career change, flex work and the freelance life can be found on her blog, Anti9to5Guide.com.