Do I need to create separate resumes for different jobs?

Most of us tend to take a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to our resume, utilizing a consistent template and content for all our job applications. However, if you are eyeing a variety of positions, or are actively considering a change in career direction, then this approach might not be the most beneficial for you. Here are some reasons why having separate resumes for different jobs can significantly improve your chances of getting hired!

Demonstrate your versatility

There may be times when you will find yourself in the position of wishing to apply for positions to advance your career within your present employment. Having resumes uniquely tailored for each position demonstrates your versatility and willingness to elucidate your strengths and how they apply to a specific new role.

Accentuate the positive!

Different jobs have distinct needs. By having separate resumes, you can accentuate the skills, talents, training and work experience that apply most relevantly to your desired position.

Resume design

The design and layout of a resume has been proven to have a massive impact in terms of creating a positive first impression for recruiters and potential employers. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ resume merely adds or subtracts information that may be important or not so important to the newly desired position. When you take the time to customize a resume for each individual job, you also give yourself the opportunity to appropriately contextualize the other critical elements of your resume (e.g., color, graphics, overall design).

Discover your own potential

In contrast to the ‘one-size-fits-all’ resume, customizing a resume for each and every job allows you to learn more about yourself, as well as possibly untapped potential lurking within your skill set. The more time we spend with our resume, categorizing our work experience, training, and personal attributes, the more we illuminate and gain clarity, regarding our individual passions and career goals. It could very well provide the impetus for a radical change of direction. You might find yourself looking back and thinking: ‘Who would have ever thought that the examination of something as simple as my resume could have acted as the catalyst for a call to adventure?’

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