Many people who job search either don’t know exactly what type of role they’re looking for or are so desperate to get something, anything, that they apply to many different types of positions in separate fields. Because personal skills and experiences can be so varied, sampling the application field can be a good idea to discover the right fit for you. However, if you are applying to a variety of positions with a variety of duties, it’s a mistake to think one resume will be good enough for all of them.
The simple fact is that different jobs have different standards for applications, even within similar industries. Mastering the presentation of your resume is the key to painting you in the best possible light for each position to which you apply. Our experts explain how to do just that in the blog below.
Create Multiple Versions
As we’ve alluded, it’s important to have multiple variations of your resume to fit the industry to which you’re applying.
As Tom, a Hiring Expert at VF Corporation, explains, “One thing to think about is the job/career you are pursuing. If it is in any way creative, personalize your resume and use your creativity… a designer, for example, is not interested in a cookie cutter resume. That said, you may want to have two versions of your resume, one of which is for "the machines”: many companies use AI to process resumes, and AI tends to like standard formats. If you are sharing a resume with someone personally (online or in-person) you can use the personalized one to help differentiate yourself from the masses.”Ref Link 1
Certain companies are going to want a pretty looking resume while others are going to want a more standard layout. To determine which you should use for each application, be sure to thoroughly research the company in advance. Check them out on social media, research their mission statement, and look into their website and office space. You should be able to get a feel for the brand’s personality and can structure your resume accordingly to create a good fit.
Tailor to the Position
More than tailoring your resume for the company, you should also consider making changes based on the individual position for which you’re applying.
Ellee, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., explains why it’s so important to tailor your resume for each position: “First, it shows you are serious about the job you are applying to and that you are interested in the role. Second, you can highlight your skills and qualifications that meet the requirements for the position through your resume. I would recommend reviewing the job description and look for the responsibilities and qualifications that you have experience with and decide which ones you believe are the most important to highlight. When you write the bullet points for your resume, be sure to discuss past projects or work experiences that relate to the qualifications and responsibilities for the role. If you can quantify your bullets and use numbers and dollars, that will help your bullet points stand out.”Ref Link 2
Employers don’t want to work any harder than they have to, meaning if you don’t take care of the basics they won’t take their time to hire you. Show them that you’re a great fit for the job by using keywords listed in the job description within your resume.
If you are diligently changing your resume to make it strong for each position to which you apply, you’re likely going to have far more success than the person who uses a ‘one resume fit all’ mentality. It might seem like a lot of extra work on your part, but we guarantee that it will be worth it when you #GetThatJob!