Why Tailoring Your Resume is so Important
By Justin Rippetoe,
Writing a resume can be a daunting task for anyone, but with a little time and thought a well-tailored resume can be the foot in the door with a prospective company.
What is tailoring and why is it so important? Well, mostly because every job is different. Your resume isn’t a one-size-fits-all document. A resume must be dynamic, ever changing and specific to the position applied for. Here are a few tips you can use to increase your chances of having a resume that puts you, “on the list,” for the job you want.
1) Read the job description very carefully: Understanding the position you want is paramount to advancing in the hiring process, and will prepare you in the long run for future interviews.
2) Relate your experience to criteria listed in the job description: You have about 10 seconds to catch the eye of the hiring manager with your resume, make sure they see the keywords they have mentioned in the job description.
3) Tangible and objective accomplishments: I always advise my candidates to provide accomplishments in their resume that include at least 1 number and, if possible, how you accomplished them. An example would be, “25 years of direct experience in tier I automotive manufacturing,” or “25% annual cost savings by utilizing Lean manufacturing techniques.”
It can be a labor to tailor your resume for every position you apply for, but if you utilize these tips you shouldn’t have to write more than a few!