Distilling your career to one page (or in some cases, more than one page) is a daunting challenge. There are nuances and responsibilities for any job that make summarizing anything down to a single sheet nearly impossible. Yet, most jobseekers seemingly take the shotgun approach to resumes: putting everything that comes to mind on a single sheet in a scattershot summary that isn’t focused.
What’s the solution? Getting the “write” resume for the right job. Using a single resume for dozens of job applications might be easier, but it might not always be best.
Experts agree that multiple versions of a resume for different career fields is best. Better yet? Specific resumes that speak directly to each job’s requirement. Yes, it might be a hassle, but it might also be what separates you from the rest of the field.
Before writing your resume, consider the job you want and what experience you have that can directly apply for that job. It may be helpful to write three to four paragraphs that summarize the job you want (even if it doesn’t exist) so you can shape your resume around those skills.
Be clear and concise. Read it out loud to yourself for basic comprehension then share it with friends or family to help you craft your qualifications for your job.
It’s important to remember that your resume often appears in front of the hiring manager before you do. Wouldn’t you want your resume to make a compelling argument for you?