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How to tell the difference between a resume con and a typical dotcom

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You're finally hiring again. You survived the dotcom crash and the economic slowdown, and now you're flipping through resumes that highlight amazing accomplishments at once-high-flying, cutting-edge companies. But how do you evaluate the resume of a 26-year-old who held management positions at two or three failed start-ups?

It's a growing issue for entrepreneurs who want to hire innovative and ambitious managers but question whether dotcom refugees have enough experience. There's concern these employees "came too quick and haven't seen enough," says John Challenger, CEO of Chicago outplacement and research firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

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