The Tailored Resume. So you have a lot of skills you want to show off on your resume? Good for you. Not everyone is multitalented. Having a variety of skills and varied job titles on your resume is a good thing in life but it can make your job search a whole lot more challenging. I know, it’s not fair. It’s reality. As humans we seek to categorize people places and things. It’s natural. Your resume needs to read clearly and consistently so that the person reviewing it can easily and quickly put you into a box.
Does your resume match the job you want? Tips for the tailored resume.
I prefer summaries with key words as opposed to lengthy paragraph formats. If you opt for a traditional paragraph, focus the language on the job you’re interested in. As opposed to positioning yourself as a jack of all trades. Most medium to large sized companies want specialized experience. A little variation is okay but keep it focused on the position of interest. The only exception to this rule is in a startup. Startups will value background diversity for obvious reasons.
To even be considered for a role you’ve got to think like the person hiring. This could mean HR, a recruiter or the hiring manager. If you’re applying for a position in Merchandising, does your resume consistently read merchandising with your previous titles?
Sometimes employers award unusual job titles. This makes for extra fun in tailoring your resume. You have to be honest, so use the title given but consider using a more common or similar title in parenthesis. While a good hiring manager should be able to read between the lines, you’re more likely to get past the initial review if its’ more obvious to them. Why not make it easy?
Were you a consultant or freelancer for a time in your career? Rather than using the title CEO or Consultant, use a title that more accurately reflects what you did. Best scenario is to match the title to the job you’re applying for. You can still maintain the work consultant. Example: Sr. Designer – Freelance.
Do the skills reflect the role you are pursuing? If you’re unsure take a look at the job description posted. If there’s a specific skill you possesses that’s listed on the job description but not on your resume, consider adding it. Pepper these skills throughout as they are applicable to previous positions.
The end goal is to get your resume as closely aligned for the job you’re pursuing. This will increase your chances of getting the initial interview. During the call you can elaborate on your many talents.
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