Tips for Tailoring Your Resume for a Specific Job
When you’re applying for a new job, it’s important you tailor your resume for the specific position offered. Why? A generic resume gets generic results, but every job is a problem the employer is looking to solve, and they want to hire the best person possible to solve it. Start by reading over the job description to understand it thoroughly. From there, you’ll want to get to the point quickly and revamp your resume to remove anything that’s unnecessary. Here’s how.
Answer Their Problems.
Every job opening is a problem that needs a solution. If you’re unable to communicate why you are the solution to what they’re looking for, the employer will quickly move on to the first person who can. Determine, based on the job description, what the company’s biggest pain points are and demonstrate your understanding of them in your resume by showcasing related accomplishments and skills.
Focus on Accomplishments.
When it comes to showcasing your accomplishments, there’s some finesse to the process. As much as you can, provide data that will help them understand what kind of impact your contributions had on your previous employers. They can be estimates, but don’t over exaggerate. Show money you saved, any productivity related achievements, and more.
Determine the Best Format.
There are several format options to choose from for your resume. The two most common are chronological and functional. A chronological resume lists your experience starting with the most recent and will usually have bullets under each job to describe what you did there. A functional resume puts emphasis on your skills and abilities, as well as accomplishments. Both are acceptable, so it depends on how you want to position yourself.
Get a Second Opinion.
Once you write your resume, get someone else to take a look. This can help you find mistakes you might have missed, as well as give you an opinion on whether you’re communicating your skills and accomplishments in the best way possible. Have a friend or family member go over it and give you honest feedback on what they think might have more impact.
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