Targeting Your Resume

targeting job seekers

One size does not fit all.

If you want a specific job, then write your resume to target that position specifically. Sure, this sucks. It means that every time you apply for a new job, you have to essentially re-write your resume.

It is what it is, dear job seeker.

Taking the initiative to revamp your sterling credentials will increase your chances at catching the attention of a potential employer. And that is what you want to do here, right?  Get an interview?  Land a spectacular job?  Earn six figures plus?  Get the corner office with a killer view?  Buy the cherry red Porsche of your dreams that you know was meant for you all along? Rule the free world in your spare time while you’re on a roll?

One step at a time Sparky. One step at a time.

Begin by targeting your resume to the job you want.  You can do that by:

  • including key words from the job advertisement on your resume, assuming of course you have experience using them
  • focusing on the accomplishments you have in your career area
  • omitting experiences and skills you have that have nothing to do with the job you want

While you’re at it, make sure the work experience narratives on your resume don’t read like job descriptions plucked straight from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles or from your last performance evaluation.  They should show what you have accomplished in those positions and not what anyone sitting in those jobs would have been expected to do.

One size does not fit all. Now you know.


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