Why You Need Multiple Resumes Ready When Job Hunting

 

 

We live in a generation when millennials are the ‘jack of all trades’.

 

And as such, it is a good strategy to have multiple resumes during your job search.

 

You may manage a team, have marketing skills, write, and even do graphic design.

 

Should all these skills be used when writing resumes?

 

Absolutely not! The result would be a crowded resume. This could be counterproductive in attracting recruiters/hiring managers. The only time it might be appropriate is if the position was calling for all of your skills. But let’s be honest – that would be a rare occurrence.

 

I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to have so many qualities and skills at your disposal – just it’s not necessary to put them all in one resume.

 

The best way to ensure all of your marketable skills are noted in your resume? Have different versions of your resume.

Be Specific When Writing Resumes

 

Having all of your marketable skills noted in one resume may result in a recruiter/hiring manager passing on it due to irrelevant experience being listed.

 

When writing resumes, tailor them to the different roles you are planning to apply for in mind. For example, you would not want to showcase all of your web design skills and knowledge of design and editing software when applying for a team management role that has no relation to the area of web design.

 

Take your general resume and make more specific resumes…

 

General Resume

Skills:

  • Website design
  • Software Development
  • JAVA
  • SEO
  • Team coaching
  • Team Management

Experience

  • 5 years at company XYZ developing websites
  • 2 years at ABC leading a team of marketers
Website Development Resume

Skills:

  • Website design
  • Software Development
  • JAVA
  • SEO

Experience

  • 5 years at company XYZ developing websites
Management Position Resume

Skills:

  • Team Coaching
  • Team Management

Experience

  • 2 years at ABC leading a team of marketers

 

It is always important to create a resume tailored for the type of role you are applying for.

 

Failing to do so is a common mistake many job seekers make. This costs them the opportunity to be invited for an interview.

 

When you are applying for a specific role within a specific industry, showcase the skills and qualifications that would make you suitable for that particular role and nothing else!

 

Sure – additional skills can be discussed or casually mentioned during an interview, but the whole point of the resume is to get you into that interview.

 

Here are 3 ways you can use a wide range of experience to your benefit when writing resumes:

 

  1. Refocus your job history so that it makes sense for the job you are applying to.

i.e. If you are looking to move from web design into a management role instead of saying that you sometimes were a team leader for your web design team try saying something like: “Managed a team of designers”. Basically, highlight any managerial aspects of the job not your web design work.

  1. Concentrate on the wider themes in your job history.

What have you been doing consistently in your different jobs? Was it organization? Team leader? Great customer service? Many of these are skills that employers are looking for. Focus on them to make up for any lack of specific job experience.

  1. Reorder your work history.

Instead of listing your work history in the typical chronological style, organize it based on job type. Start with the jobs that best relate to the role you are applying for and use headers for the different sections if it makes sense to do so.

 

The best advice for writing resumes? Just like in marketing, you need to know your target market.

 

As Kayla from the Mentat suggested:

 

The best way to tailor your resume is to familiarize yourself with your audience. Doing research on the company and reviewing the job post can give you a sense of how the recruitment team will review your resume and what experiences and qualities they are looking for in a candidate. Brainstorm what transferable skills and qualities you already have and when writing your resume, read through the job description and ensure you have shown evidence in your resume that you meet the qualifications and can complete each responsibility that they list.”

 

Having a different resume for each industry you are interested in and applying for will allow you to focus on the specific skills and qualifications that make you perfect for that role.

 

Having a focused resume will help make your resume stand out in the 100s of resumes recruiters/hiring managers receive.

 

This will keep you prepared, ready to apply for the next opportunity that may come your way.

Even if you are not actively searching, keep your resume up to date. Make sure that you modify your resumes as you gain experience and/or new skills within specific areas. This will ensure you are ready for whatever comes along and will allow you to respond quickly to job postings. Working on them occasionally will also help make writing resumes over time, less difficult and then you can focus on finding right career – whether it be your dream job or dream company.

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