Are you guilty of sending out generic resumes in response to every job opportunity that fits your skills? If you tend to send boilerplate resumes, don’t expect results. Most recruiters have seen hundreds (even thousands) of resumes, and most can tell within the space of a minute whether you’ve taken the time to customize your resume to fit the job application.
To help your resume stand out, use these three tips to tailor your resume like a pro:
Keep a core resume saved in your computer at all times. This will be the foundation for your resume. Maintaining the most important info will help you tweak each resume appropriately to fit each job description. Your basic, core resume should include your objective or summary, background, skills, experience, accomplishments, and any awards you have earned.
Your core resume should contain information about each of your jobs,and your accomplishments within each (as always, avoid typing up a dull list of job functions). If you’ve created a saved template, you can easily delete jobs and related info that isn’ta match for the requirements of the job you’re currently applying for.
Read the job posting and description thoroughly. Make sure to read the job posting over and over again before you begin the application process. It can help to print it out so you can analyze it thoroughly and figure out what the job really requires. This also allows you to go back to the description anytime you need.
Once you understand what the job really requires, it will be easier for you to determine what skills to focus on and how best to highlight your experience. The more you understand the job’s requirements, the higher your chances of getting a call for an interview.
List relevant accomplishments, experience and skills. When reading a job description, take a moment to list the skills you have that are relevant to the job you are applying for. Write down everything that will be of use in the position.
These will be the skills you will be focusing on when creating your resume. Take note that you can also include the skills you’ve gained in the past from your volunteer work, unpaid work, relevant hobbies, and more. Don’t limit yourself to your previous jobs alone.
Match your information to the job description. Customize your resume by including the achievements and skills that will fit the position. Use keywords that are relevant to the job you are applying for to bypass software screening of your resume. The more skills you match with the available position, the higher the chances you’ll be shortlisted for an interview.
A tailored resume gets more attention than a generic one. Make the right choice to further your career.