Writing Targeted Resumes
When you apply for a job, you must immediately prove that you are the best candidate. This can be challenging if you can not provide examples that this is indeed the case. A good way to prove your value is to focus on what your employer needs most from the candidate who will fill the position, and then write a focused resume that specifically addresses those needs.
If you are aiming for your CV, you are best suited to the position
It is important for employers to know that the candidate they choose for a job suits them best by confirming that a candidate’s past performance and qualifications match the important day-to-day tasks and overall goals of the position.
If you write a general resume that does not take into account the specific needs of the organization, or if you do not demonstrate your professional skills, you can not prove that you are the right person for the position. Unfortunately, another candidate would be more than happy to fill your gap – and accept your job while he’s at it.
How can you make sure your resume is targeted?
How can you create this specific CV that shows the employer that you deserve the interview?
1. Research the Company and Position: A good way to make your resume targeted is to familiarize yourself with the company and the employer’s wishes from its candidates. Once you have received this information, you will be provided with details to help you determine what contributions you can make to the business.
2. Adjust a career goal / brand name, a brand announcement, and a career summary: Instead of writing a mild target notice, place a career goal / occupation at the top of your resume to determine who you are as a professional. Also, create a Brand Declaration (a one or two-line statement that summarizes the value that you can provide each employer based on their needs and the way you can meet them) tailored to each job. Then write a career overview (most often an enumeration list that includes your career highlights) listing the achievements most relevant to the position above.
3. Use keywords consistently: It is also important to use certain keywords in your resume. For example, if you’re a chef in the hospitality industry, you can use keyword phrases like “menu planning,” “kitchen equipment,” “banquet meal production,” and “food procurement” as indicators of your knowledge of the field. Keywords should be used in your career goal / title, branding, career overview, and most other sections of your resume.
Aligning your resumes requires a bit more effort, but offers a lot of consideration. By taking the time to tailor CVs for each and every company you apply for, make them no doubt that you are the best person for the job.