Get the Most out of Your Job Search
By Ferryn Xenakis
Get the most out of your job search by making sure to gear your resume towards each job description that you apply for. A lot of people may think it is best to have “general” resume that they can send out to every job they want to apply for. Candidates I work with are also concerned about the time and effort to do this. However, gearing your resume towards each job description is going to increase your call backs which turn into interviews and interviews turn into offers. It may seem like a lot of work up front, but it will save you time in the long run and in most cases get you a job quicker. Some tips on how to do this:
• If a job description asks for experience you don’t have, try to overcompensate by selling experience that is relevant or transferable
• Make sure to pull out buzz words or phrases in the job description and use them in your resume
• Adjust your objective or overview to reflect relevant experience to the company and specific job you are applying for
Remember, it is not always a person looking through résumés. Applying online has made it difficult for a person to see your résumé if you do not have enough buzz words on your resume to get past the filters they may have set to screen through applications.
You may do a cover letter for each position and use a general resume. However, I see more success in changing your resume. Not every hiring manager will want to read through a cover letter and a résumé. Sometimes they want to see quickly of you have relevant experience. It is however, a good idea to include a cover letter if it is specifically requested by the company when you apply.