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.

Top 5 ‘Must-Dos’ for Your First Day on the Job

 

So you’ve landed your dream job, congrats! It’s an exciting time, which can go from figuring out what to wear to learning the ropes of a new company and a new role all while trying to make a great first impression on your new boss and co-workers. This can also be pretty terrifying, after all, you only get one chance to make that first impression. Want to ensure you rock that first day?

Typically the first day goes by either pretty slow with tons of paperwork and information coming your way or pretty fast depending on your onboarding and training. So here are a few dos that will help you rock your first day:

Here’s What to Do:

  1. Do have an open mind: Be ready to learn, even if your new job is in an industry you are familiar in there is always something to learn. Also be open to adapting if things change and if the day does not go according to plan. Things happen so a great mindset is imperative. One to have is ‘expect the unexpected’ and be mentally ready for it and don’t have an attitude about it. Go with it, you may learn a lot more when things don’t go as planned than when they do.
  2. Do learn your company’s protocols: Review materials, take notes and ask questions.  Make sure you are clear on what is acceptable and what is not and seek clarification when needed.   
  3. Do get organized: Prepare to take notes, have a place to carry important documents shared with you to take home and review, have an agenda where to write important dates such as when documents are needed to be completed/returned, have a plan for break and or lunch, a route to and from work, etc. This will make your day go by smoother and with less stress.
  4. Do get away from your desk: You may get the cursory tour from your manager or HR representative or, if you’re lucky, from a colleague who you can ask honest questions of but what if it’s the busy receptionist or co-worker who was asked to help out? During a break or lunch, get to know your office, be friendly to the new faces and get to know where things are located. Share your interest in the company and or office.
  5. Do give others the opportunity to present or teach: No one likes or appreciates being cut off. If you are familiar with what is being presented mentioned it afterward unless the person presenting specifically asks if you are familiar with something. You want to be mindful and respectful of people’s time with preparation as well as their level of knowledge. #becoachable

Are you still looking for a new job or career?  Check this out – How to Choose the Right Career-Dream Job or Dream Company?

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How to Choose the Right Career-Dream Job or Dream Company?

You’ve probably had this idea at one point or another – finding your dream job would be the best solution for your career. Something that excites you, makes you feel accomplished, useful and allows you to be great at what you do. But should you be looking for a dream job, or a dream company?

There you are, just out of college, starting off your career and dreaming of the perfect job but seldom do you think of what the perfect company would look like. Landing a job with the perfect company for you could also result in landing the right opportunity to building a dream career. More often than not, that career may not even be the same as the dream job you thought you wanted when you started your search.

 

At one point you may have thought “I’ll give this job two or three years to see how things turn out”, perhaps you are thinking this at this exact moment. And why is this? Are you hoping that the job will turn into a career? More than likely you are. So what is the determining factor? The job or the company? Working for an “okay” company has as little chance of turning the job you applied for into a dream job as going into a Walmart hoping it will turn into a luxury shopping experience.

The reality is, you have no idea whether something will be your dream job or not until you’re working there. Until you’ve been working there for a while, in fact. As much as you think you might love doing that job for that company, it might turn out that your coworkers are horrible, or your boss is a nightmare, or the company makes you bring in a doctor’s note every time you have a cold, or your workload is so unreasonably high that you end up being stressed out and feeling completely unappreciated. As a result, you resign and start again. How can you avoid it next time?

Is there an ideal job? Your ideal job, that dream job that you are hoping turns into a career does exist — when it’s work you love to do, at a company that treats employees well. When you work for a great manager, who encourages and respects you, you feel valued. A company that values your work and respects your ideas and input becomes intrinsically rewarding.

So what’s a dream company? Well, it should be one that recognizes you as more than merely an employee, one that recognizes you are also a committed friend, family member, etc. A dream company supports your entire life, enabling you to do your best work.

All of the outcomes an employer would want — productivity, job satisfaction, lower stress levels, intent to stay with the organization — are more strongly associated with being at a dream company than being in a dream job,” says Dr. Lucy English, Managing Director of Institutional Research at Horizons Workforce Consulting in Watertown, Massachusetts.

So in addition to brainstorming what the perfect job might entail, think about what values and beliefs a company would need to have to align with yours. Does it care about your well-being; does it provide you with opportunities to learn and grow in your career; does it promote a work-life balance?

The main reason we suggest choosing the dream company over a dream job is that if you share the same values with the company you are applying for you’re more likely to understand what’s important, how are things done, and where the boundaries are. It goes without saying that if this is your preferred route make sure that you do your research before applying. Don’t limit yourself to looking at a company’s website – their social media channels will probably say more about what they stand for than any other form of communication.

When you are working with a dream company you love coming to work – it absorbs you, you relish each day, you are stimulated and feel good about life!