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Am I supposed to change my resume depending on the job I am applying to or is it better to be consistent in my applications?

I am currently working really hard on my resume! I have taken it to workshops on my college campus and formatted it into many drafts. I am wondering if I should be changing it, what it says, or the way it is formatted slightly for each job based off of the context of the job I am applying to. Is that what I am supposed to do or should I be consistent in the way I present myself? #job-application

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Carole’s Answer

Each resume will probably be a little different in that the job that you are applying for will be different. Here are a few hints for you to follow:
1. Write your resume for the job that you would most like to get. In other words finds an opening for a job that fits your skills and make sure that your education, experiences, and other qualification also fit nicely into what the job is asking for. MAKE THIS YOUR RESUME THE ONE THAT YOU CAN MAKE CHANGES TO, IN ORDER TO SUITE THE OTHER JOB OPENINGS THAT YOU MIGHT APPLY FOR. The point here is you can use the same resume all the time and make changes on each resume that you will be sending to different companies.
2. If you have various options for jobs such as: you are a teacher, and a writer, and an artist, and you are applying for 3 different jobs, then you probably should have 3 different resumes for each profession that you are applying to. Some of the areas on your resume will stay the same, but to promote yourself and get the interview you want you have to make sure you have given the reader enough information that they will find that you are a good candidate for this job and that your qualification match with the desired ones that are described within the job description. The job description is a wonderful tool for you to pick up ideas from the qualifications that the company wants and how you have used these skills within your experiences.
3. However, If you want to be an Art Teacher then you can combine your teaching experiences with the art experiences and skills, to make a wonderful combination on your resume.
4. Always make sure that you use those BUZZ words that are listed in the descriptions. You want your resume to be targeted for these KEY words mentioned in the description.
5. You want to write your resume so that you get the message across to the reader that "THIS IS WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU". In other words sell, sell, sell yourself for the grand interview.
6 Remember the average resume is read for only 10 to 15 seconds. You must show an interest, skills and qualifications, and education in the first half of your resume, so that they see the best part of you.
7. There are all kinds of resume and interviewing books that could help you out with structure of an effective resume. One that I would recommend is" The Job Search Solution" by Tony Beshara. It will give you tips on resumes, interviewing, references, myths and realities about hiring and other items in the Job Search area.
8. Last but not lease, your question was should you be consistent or make changes to your resume. My feeling is that you should consistent with your skill, qualification, education and experiences, but you should make changes as to what the job description is saying to you. Make your resume appeal and correspond with the job description and what the company is asking. Bottom line you should show consistence in your resume by changing your wording to appeal to the job description and company.


I wish you the best in your job search and if you have any other questions, please let me know. I feel you will write a great resume if you follow some of the advice I gave you and if you look up the above reference book.

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Stephanie,


Every job you apply for will be different and as such you need to adapt your resume accordingly. Writing the perfect resume will be different depending on the job and each resume needs to be tailored and specific towards that position. No matter what position you are applying for the more targeted your resume the greater your chances of finding success. With competition for jobs so intense in order to stand out from the crowd you need to ensure that your skills tick all the boxes that the hiring manger is looking for in the perfect candidate.


Don't be alarmed at the prospect of having to design a new resume for every job application. There are certain parts of the resume that will always stay the same however there are certain parts that need to be adapted. A powerful, eye-catching qualifications summary at the top of your resume is the best way to attract a hiring manager's eye and let them immediately of your skills and experience.


The other main area of your resume to change is keywords. Many times recruiters or hiring managers will often skim over the resume looking for keywords or use software programs to find key words. These key words can be changed depending on the job you are applying for. Remember one thing - the aim of the resume is to attract the reader's attention. By targeting your resume you will give yourself the greatest opportunity of finding success.


In: http://www.linkme.com.au/members/resources/qnas/resume-writing-resume-writing-tips-can-you-use-the-same-resume-for-every-job-application/dc812b88-7751-4864-9652-75a1ad5feaaf


In addition, read this article. I think it´ll help a lot:


http://www.workcoachcafe.com/2014/04/01/5-reasons-why-you-should-customize-your-resume/


All the Best!

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Ollie’s Answer

The resume, and the cover letter, you send to a prospective employer has one purpose.


To get the interview.


There's nothing sacred about your resume, except the truth. You should definitely tailor it to the job you're seeking.


Of course, if you're applying to fifty jobs, it may be a lot of work to do this. Therefore you want to do a reasonable amount of tailoring. If you do too much tailoring, you run the risk of being sloppy, and that's not good.

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Christy’s Answer

Great question. Yes - each resume should be designed for each job you apply to. Look at a job post and tailor your resume based on the job qualifications they are looking for - math great them up to your qualifications. Include the following:



  • job title at top of resume

  • career summary

  • Key Skills / Core Qualifications

  • Work Experience
    ---- under each job write 3/4 sentences of job responsibilities and then bullet point
    your accomplishments.

  • Education


Good luck! You'll do great!!

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