As a resume writer and Human Resources professional, not targeting your resume is one of the number one mistakes I see often made. When I say targeting, I mean tailoring your resume to speak to the employers position requirements. A well-written resume is one that at a glance speaks to the job requirements, and the ideal candidate. I have seen many resumes that contain loads of valuable information that has absolutely nothing to do with the job or what the employers looking for.
Tossing your name in the hat:
When a hiring manager comes across a resume that is not tailored, the impression is that the candidate is not serious about the opportunity. A good resume writer creates the impression that the candidate is focused in their career. Don’t be fooled, most hiring managers can spot when the applicant took the old, “throw your name in the hat” approach.
It takes very little work to tailor your resume to the specific job requirements, but the effort can be well worth the time spent. It could mean the difference between landing your dream job or getting bypassed. I know it’s a lot less effort to write a generic resume, and then fire them out. But let me tell you something when you take this approach, it’s obvious that it does not impress.
Its easier then you think:
While it looks labour-intensive to customize your resume for each job application, it doesn’t have to be. Even small changes to customize can make a huge difference to your chances of getting a job interview. And it doesn’t matter what level or what industry you’re in, resume tailoring can help. We have worked with entry-level to executives and the concept still holds. Even for those who are just entering the workforce need to customize their resume speak to the job requirements. By doing so, you will be communicating to the employer that you are serious about the current job vacancy, and that you are the person that they need to call in for an interview.
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