Michael Malinsky, who manages a hardware distribution center in Winchester, is ready to switch from running blue-collar operations to doing something different -- something that gives him a sense of purpose.

Malinsky's resume radiates his dissatisfaction with where he is in life, observed Thomas W. Morris III, president of Morris Associates, a D.C. outplacement and career coaching firm. The objectives at the top of his resume are about what he wants, rather than what he can offer a would-be employer.

"I've rewritten the purpose statement of his resume to reflect a positive, forward-thinking outlook," Morris said.

Here's the new purpose statement: "Hard and creative worker seeks opportunity to work with a firm or organization that makes a difference in the lives of its customers/clients. Able to work well in stressful and demanding environments. Good at coordinating communication among groups, and managing people and projects. Experienced with start-ups and continuous process improvement."

Then provide a list of strengths. (Very short, bulleted phrases arranged in two tabbed columns are eye-catching.) Morris suggests items such as "Analytical," "Quality work," "Attention to detail," "Productivity improvement" and "Facilities management."

Morris also offered a couple of stylistic notes. The all-italic typeface in Malinsky's resume is too small and hard to read. Type should be at least 12 points. And instead of writing "150 million dollars," make it "$150 million."

-- Maryann Haggerty