How to Tailor Your Resume for Different Jobs

Looking for a new job? You know you need a resume. But did you also know you’ll need several variations of it? That’s because every time you apply for a position, you should be submitting one that’s customized. If you don’t, and simply send in something more generic, then you’re not going to make the best impression possible.

It might sound like a lot of extra work and it will certainly take an investment of time. However, it will be well worth it in the long run. Here are some steps from PrideStaff’s Phoenix recruiters to help you along the way:

Step 1. Read through the job posting.

Before beginning the job of customizing your resume for a particular opening, read through the job posting carefully. Make a note of the particular skills and requirements that the position demands, then make a list of your abilities and experiences that are most relevant.

Step 2. Include a summary of strengths or qualifications at the top.

Gone are the days of the objective. Instead, today’s hiring managers look for a summary of qualifications or strengths listed at the top. These are bullet points of your core competencies that will offer the most value to a particular employer. Use the information you gleaned from Step 1 when writing these.

Step 3. Edit your work history.

Once you have your most pertinent selling points at the top of your resume, start reviewing the bullet points under your work history. Do the skills and qualifications match up to the job posting? Are there certain areas to expand upon, or leave out entirely? Is there a particular accomplishment or accolade that would be especially attractive to a specific employer? Read through these bullets and rework them as needed to position your background in the best possible light.

Step 4. Ask a friend or family member to review it.

Once you’ve finished revamping your resume for a particular position, ask someone you trust to review it. Give them the posting and your resume and ask them for suggestions on strengthening it.

Interested in getting more help with your resume or other aspects of your job search?

Call the Phoenix recruiters at PrideStaff. We know what local hiring managers are looking for in job candidates and can help you get your foot in the door faster with them. Contact us today to learn more or get started.