You’ve been fishing for a job for a while and so far, not one bite. Not even a little nibble. But before you beat yourself up, it may not be you — the problem may be with your resume. In today’s job market, a one-size-fits-all resume may not do the trick to getting you the job of your dreams. Serious job seekers instead have created several versions of their resume in order to find work. Here are a few scenarios in which you might need more than one version of your resume.
Same industry, new position. If you’ve spent most of your career working as a second grade teacher but are looking for a more flexible schedule working as a tutor instead, you’ll need to revamp your resume. You can spotlight many of the workplace experiences and skills in your job application that will translate to the new position to show that you’re qualified.
Same industry, telecommuting position. As an accountant, your world is one of dollars and cents. But frankly, it just doesn’t make sense anymore for you to schlep into an office every day when you could perform the exact same duties from the comfort and convenience of your home office. So customize your resume to showcase any previous remote work experience you possess along with skills (such as the ability to work independently) that make you an ideal work from home job candidate.
New industry, same position. Even if you’ve toiled away as a PR maven for a big beauty brand, you might not have all the skills, experience (or even the education) you’ll need to perform public relations for a book publisher. In this case, you’ll need to illustrate your most impressive achievements in your other positions to convince a prospective boss that you can do the job.
New industry, new position. You’ve been job hunting for quite some time now… with no success. Truth be told, you’re closing in on the end of your unemployment benefits and are starting to get a little desperate for any kind of job. Still, the jobs that you are applying for require specific skills, so sift through your previous experiences and cherry pick the parts that apply to this new job. That way, you can focus on the proficiencies you possess that match with the duties described in the job posting.
Make your resume work for you when you are searching for a job. By being acutely aware of what a potential employer is looking for in a job candidate, you can shine a light on those skills and strengths on your resume that make you the perfect match for the position.