Regarding the use of different resumes... you can create a basic resume to reflect your experience and accomplishments, however, my advice is to review each job opening and then make sure you tailor your resume. You want to make sure you use key words from the position requirements and emphasize areas in the resume that will show what a great fit you are based on your skills and background.
I highly recommend the books by Robin Ryan "Winning Resumes", "Winning Cover Letters" and "60 Seconds and You're Hired " to help with writing a good resume as well as the entire job search process.
ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS include a personal and powerful cover letter. When attaching your resume to an online application, make sure the cover letter and resume are in the same attachment (and in that order). Most hiring personnel will not open a cover letter, but if in the same doc, your information has a greater chance of being seen with the bonus of getting more key word "hits" by including the cover letter with the resume.
I do NOT recommend paying someone to create your resume for you. Do the work yourself, as your resume needs to reflect YOU and you need to be familiar with every word and phrase.
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Sheryl recommends the following next steps:
- Check out Robin Ryan's books for some great advice.
- Develop your baseline Resume and Cover Letter