Why Have Multiple Resumes
The job search process can be a daunting journey that needs to be adjusted to get to your desired destination. Adapting an approach is alien in no area of life. You probably heard the saying “different beats for different people”. Let me go one step further and suggest: “Different strokes, you have to change your approach!”
For example, if you want to travel to Alaska, you will board a plane that flies exclusively to the Caribbean? How about beach gear to enjoy the nature of this icy region? Unfortunately, your job search CV may not be complete. Keep in mind that the packaging of a product can make a big difference in the acceptance of the product. It’s not a bad idea to rearrange your sales arguments and accomplishments as you set out to get the job of your dreams.
If you’ve submitted the same CV to multiple companies and have not heard so much about a whisper, you are probably guilty of the tactic used by the traveler who visited the Alaskan outdoors and packed for the sultry Caribbean weather. Using the same preparation to achieve multiple unique goals will only result in an unsuccessful job search. Unfortunately, developing a CV and extending it to one hundred jobs in dozens of industries may not be the way to go. As a savvy job seeker, you need to put yourself in the hands of recruiters and recruitment managers who will review your resume to make sure you get the results you want. What are the keywords and qualifications that you would like to see in your resume for that particular position? Use these keywords. It will take a lot of effort, but the results will be worth your time.
Does this CV match the qualifications of the open position?
While it may not be plausible for a first-rate cook without PC skills to get a job as a computer programmer, a manager may well work very well in the HR department. Applicants can present their transferable skills in such a way that they are marketable for multiple positions in a variety of industries. Why limit yourself if you have the key qualifications for the job? Think of the unique ingredients in your kitchen shelf that will help you prepare a variety of succulent dishes. Their skills are like these ingredients and should not be limited to one court. It’s your job to show the recruiter that you have what it takes to get that specific job done.
When the recruiter searches your resume, is there an important question? Is this applicant eligible to fill this position? If you have the qualifications, but they are hidden in your current resume, it is your duty to make your abilities visible, so that you can confirm that you have the perfect fit. You can achieve this by developing a strong marketing tool that essentially forces the auditor not to commit you to a mere job title. This greatly increases the likelihood that your CV will be selected for a personal interview.
Researching to craft the document
Submitting the same resume may work for jobs that are perfectly matched to your background. However, there are other positions where you need to tweak your document with facts, not fiction and fluff. Even if you are qualified, you may not be able to sell your skills unless you write down your sales arguments to create a match. This is called customizing or customizing your resume.
The first step is to review the job description of your desired position several times to make sure you understand what the applicants are looking for. Next, create a detailed list of the experiences, skills, and even the education and training that fit this description. Again, do not limit yourself to an earlier position title. While you have worked as a sales representative, you may have acquired valuable skills in customer service or even management. Who said you need to be a manager to have leadership skills? Nor does the hiring manager care about your real estate certificate when you apply for a job as an accountant. In fact, by listing irrelevant information, you can send the message that you are confused and raise additional questions. Why are you doing so many different careers? Are you not sure what you want to do? How long will you stay with us before returning to your previous career? To avoid generating these questions, list only the relevant. If your experience contains irrelevant elements, convert them into transferable skills.
By emphasizing your abilities, you have stopped confining yourself to a small bag of jobs and closing yourself from a range of possibilities. As you extract the skills you have acquired in your various positions, you have begun to unravel the structure that makes up your unique skills that can be beneficial to potential employers. This extends your horizon. Along with these skills you need to show some examples of the resulting achievements. Voila! You’ve taken the first steps to tailoring your resume to get the results you want.
Everything together – is your goal clear?
After taking stock of your relevant skills, it’s time to include what you’ve discovered in your existing resume. You should position your most relevant experience in such a way that it is easily recognizable. After all, the recruiter does not have time to read your document line by line to see if you’re fit. Summarize your qualifications specific to the position in the Summary of Qualifications section to generate immediate interest.
Their job is to facilitate the auditor’s work. If you are not trying to enter the restaurant business, at the end of your resume, state your waiter’s position, which you carried out over 15 years ago at the local diner. More importantly, you do not need to include an “objective” section. However, make sure your purpose for sending this CV is clear when the reader searches it.
Which CV type?
The arrangement of the contents in the CV is especially important in special situations. For example, do you have noticeable gaps in your resume that you do not want to stare at the hiring manager? Then you might want to avoid a chronological CV. Use a functional resume that highlights your knowledge, skills and abilities rather than being position or title oriented. If you use this format, you will direct the CV examiner to your main selling points. Your gaps may have a legitimate reason and not because you’re a job hoppers. Let the hiring manager and recruiters see what you expect from them. Of course, all information must be true and you still have to be prepared to explain questionable things when you receive the interview.
Before you submit your next CV, you must take the necessary steps to ensure that you are noticed. Change your approach. Make sure your resume is tailored to each job you’re applying for. With a careful strategy, you can receive the coveted call for an interview as soon as you click the Submit button, the fax number buttons, or the stamp before sending your resume by e-mail.A resume is not just a piece of paper that is meant to list the jobs you’ve held or the education you’ve acquired. It is your introduction to a prospective employer and represents the essence of your career, capabilities, and skill sets. When you are interested in a job you have one opportunity to gain the attention of a prospective employer and it is done when you submit your resume. Within a matter of minutes (or more likely seconds) someone will visually scan the resume and make a determination of your potential candidacy for an open position.
It is possible that the person who will make this assessment of your qualifications may not know the specifics of the job you’ve applied for beyond the actual job description, and for better or worse that means your resume must stand out in a way that ensures you are able to move beyond that initial screening. To accomplish this goal you must have a well-designed, well-formatted, and well-written resume that markets your skills, experiences, and education in a manner that creates a connection to the open position. Unfortunately most resumes resemble DIY projects that are easily overlooked and quickly discarded by recruiters. When you consider the highly competitive nature of most careers, you cannot afford to have a resume that sells yourself and/or your career short.
Why Consider a Resume Writer
As a professional resume writer with over 12 years of experience, I have just about seen it all with regards to the style and type of resumes that most people try to develop on their own. And just because someone has hired a resume writer it doesn’t mean their work is all alike or of the same quality. People generally seek out a resume writer when they are not getting the results or outcomes they hoped to receive. Someone who truly wants to help their customers won’t take an existing resume and simply re-type or re-format it. That may be helpful for someone who only wants to have their resume updated but most people need more help than that – as a truly effective resume won’t be needed for long because a good resume gets noticed right away. And even though I have potential clients who are in need of a new resume, and they are willing to consider hiring a resume writer, there are still many misconceptions that must be addressed before they become willing to take the next step.
Misconceptions about Resumes
One of the first misconceptions is that a resume writer should have samples and templates available to share with prospective clients. I can describe the method I use but I cannot share resumes I’ve completed due to a signed confidentiality agreement. More importantly, I don’t have samples as every resume I write is custom-developed and designed for each new client. Another misconception is that a resume has to be limited to a single page. What happens is that people who take this approach will use small font sizes and/or try to fill the one page with so much wording that it becomes almost impossible to read, and for most resumes it sells the person’s career short. For those candidates who have developed significant career experience it is not unlikely that their resume will consist of two or three pages of content. Of course the caveat is that it should not be pages filled with verbose wording and hard to read paragraphs that have been typed in a small font size. A resume must be easy to read and highlight the best of a person’s career, from their skills to their accomplishments.
Reasons for Misconceptions
Another misconception involves the cover letter, which is often written as several paragraphs in length for people who believe a lot is required on that first introductory page. But that defeats the real purpose of a cover letter and minimizes the time a recruiter is likely to spend reading the resume. A cover letter only needs to express interest in a position and generate a desire within the recruiter to read the attached resume. The underlying reason for these misconceptions is due to the unlimited number of online articles and posts written about resumes, along with templates and samples that are easily accessible. Whenever someone begins to sort through all of these resources the end result is often a patchwork of various themes and styles. What makes this worse is that there are few people who can write objectively about their career and the jobs they have held. As an example, I’ve written resumes for sales professionals and even professional writers. In addition, many people lack exemplary writing skills. It is not uncommon to observe resumes with uneven font sizes and errors with spelling, grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and other mechanical errors. I’ve also observed verbose wording, jobs written like a standard job description, and clichés (thinking outside of the box, being a team player, etc.).
Making an Investment in Your Career
When you consider all of these aspects of a resume and how easily it can become ineffective, you begin to realize that an investment in a professionally written resume is actually an investment in the development of your career, whether you need a new job now or you are passively looking. Consider this perspective: if you wouldn’t walk into an interview in old, worn out clothes then you shouldn’t submit a resume in the same condition – anything less than professional looking. A resume represents you and your career, and your potential job prospects depend upon on how well you can convey the best of who you are and what you are able to offer a potential employer. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of writing a resume it will show up in the final product. In addition, if you cannot convey your thoughts well it will also be reflected in the overall tone that is projected in your resume.