Unless your talents are extremely rare, potential employers won’t be impressed with a cookie-cutter, generic version of your credentials. While a generic resume may be sufficient to post online for general distribution, applying for a specific position requires customizing your resume to target a specific position that reflects your particular talents and experiences. A well-targeted application is worth more than several blind, random submittals. In today’s market, it is imperative candidates invest the time and effort to carefully assess their career objectives and refine their resume to match the specific job being sought.
Attracting good offers and getting a job in today’s competitive and shrinking employment climate is a full time endeavor, requiring dedication and substantial effort to get noticed by those entities looking to hire candidates with specific, relevant skills and experience.
Before starting, investigate each job opportunity thoroughly to learn as many specifics about the job, its educational and experience requirements as well as what is most important to the employer, than use this information to point your customization effort in the right direction.
Begin by stating the exact job title you are applying for on the “Objective” line of your resume. This is vital if you are applying at a company that is looking to fill several positions. Prospects should be able to identify the job opening being applied for at a glance. Focus on broad, general skill sets as well as skills that are specific to the job and emphasize multi-tasking skills, high energy level, and other personal attributes that may set you apart from other candidates. Link words from the ad description of the “ideal candidate” to your resume and associate your particular strengths to the position. Highlight the positives but don’t over-embellish and always be truthful and accurate.
Recruiters usually focus most of their attention and time on the following areas of a resume:
- An applicant’s contact information
- The most recent job position and title
- Dates of employment
- Previous job accomplishments and responsibilities
- Core strengths
Craft your résumé for a quick read. In today’s competitive employment market, hiring managers and their staff will be receiving hundreds of resumes for each open job they have, your resume should be crafted to stand out from the crowd and dive the reader to look for additional information with a short simple read of 10 seconds or less.
To be more successful in finding that perfect job opportunity you must step-up the pace and energy to expend the extra effort that the unsuccessful candidate, your competition, is not willing to do.