I’ve seen plenty of job hunting and resume threads over the years here and there is usually plenty of good advice so I thought I’d run my current situation by the GT brain trust. I’ll start with a little background information. Three weeks ago, I graduated from college with a BS in accounting and a BA in economics. I’m now in full time job hunting mode and trying to dust off a resume that hasn’t been updated in ten years. My goal is to land an entry level position with a small to mid-sized local accounting firm and eventually become a CPA. I don’t fit the mold of most recent college grads. After graduating HS and spending a few semesters bouncing around community college, I spent the better part of a decade chasing fruit up and down California and later the east coast, working in the Ag industry. I eventually settled down, got married and started a family. I gave up my life on the road for a desk job with a small software company started by my mother and a few partners. Their eventual plan was to sell the business, so I knew it wasn’t a long term career move, but it was a stable 9-5 job with benefits that would hold me over until I could move back into a job in agriculture that didn’t involve living out of a suitcase. Things were great for a few years and I got comfortable, eventually the plan to go back was scrapped as my priorities continued to change. I knew I still needed a long term plan, so I arranged my work schedule so that I could go back to school. Not too long after that, the business started to tank and eventually after a year and a half of just barely holding things together, everyone, including two of the four owners were laid off. (Things have sense recovered and they’re now negotiating the sale of the business) At that time I decided to double my efforts at school and graduate as quickly as possible instead of looking for immediate full time work, which would mean dropping out of school mid-semester. For the next two years I took 20-22 units a semester and although I worked, I didn’t exactly have a job. I did some contract work for my mom as her business started to recover a little, my in-laws own a few small businesses as well as the ranch we live on, so there were always small jobs and extra work to do for them, I helped a family friend completely gut, expand and remodel a master bedroom one summer, at one point I even unloaded a U-Haul truck for $100. I basically put out word that I was willing to do just about anything, as long as I could do it around my class schedule and between the odd jobs, scholarships, grants and a few student loans, I was able to get by pretty well. So now for my questions: At 33, I’ll basically be competing for positions with people ten years younger than me. I’d like to highlight my experience working in agriculture and in small family businesses because many of the clients of the firms I plan to target are farmers and small business owners. I think my experience gives me an advantage by knowing some of the issues they deal with first hand. My first thought was to use a standard chronological resume, but I’m afraid it might magnify the recent two year gap in employment and I’m not sure how much a CPA firm cares about my duties and responsibilities as a fruit inspector or what USDA licenses I held. Most of my peers are using the “recent college grad” resume templates that are more functional in design and highlight educational achievements, coursework and things along those lines and just briefly mentions their part time jobs in retail or waiting tables. I’d like to stand out in the pile of resumes, but not in such a way that my mine gets trashed. Every job I've had since I was a 20 years old working at a service station pumping gas and changing oil, I got through personal contacts or by someone offering me a job after noticing me work, so this whole process is a bit new to me. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated.