Successfully landing a job starts with a well-written resume. Everything a hiring manager needs to know about you should be present in this document – this will be their first opportunity to decide if you fit the job or not; it sums up all your qualifications and achievements.
Resumes should focus on results while keeping it short and snappy. Although that is true and important, candidates often forget the golden rule: tailoring your resume to the job that you want.
Why It’s Important to Personalize Your Resume
Hiring managers have the responsibility to find the most suitable candidate for the job since this is their main purpose, and with tons and dozens of applications lined up for a certain role, it can be difficult to stand out.
Hiring managers first pinpoint who have the correct skills, experience, and knowledge for the role and these people are the ones chosen to be interviewed. Irrelevant or generic resumes are quickly disregarded.
Tailoring your resume to the company and job is important, making your competencies stand out.
How to Personalize Your Resume
Do Your Research
Before anything else, make sure you take the time to understand what the employer is looking for – browse the company website, blogs, social media pages just to gain a feel of their work culture, goals, and current activities. Knowing all this information will help you determine how to approach the company, or how you can show that your skills and experience can benefit the company.
Make sure you also don’t forget to carefully read the job description and qualifications they need for the role. Assess if the requirements are aligned with your skills and experiences – have you done similar tasks before? Have you worked with the same tools needed?
Know what to prioritize
Read through the qualifications and check off any of the skills or requirements that you think are aligned with your previous experience or responsibilities. Knowing your relevant qualities will help you evaluate yourself; you should also know what hard skills, industry knowledge, and specific qualifications the company is asking for. From there you can review and assess which ones should be prioritized.
You resume should be able to reflect what the employer needs. What you think is most important for them should be listed first on your application – include it in the professional summary or have it listed in your core skills to promote your suitability for the role in a brief glance. Keep in mind that the average time spent by recruiters to skim through a resume is about 5 to 7 seconds.
It’s also important that you populate your CV with relevant key words that will be picked up by resume searching tools.
Get Straight to The Point
Now that you have your initial draft, make sure that you list the current or most recent experience you have. It’s still important to include details, but make sure to minimize the details of the older roles that you had to make space for the more relevant and current experience. You don’t have to include every hobby, project, and extracurricular activity that you have done before – ask yourself first if this is a detail the hiring manager needs to know to assess your suitability for the role.
Details are important, but you also need to keep in mind that your resume should be easy to read. Instead of putting your responsibilities and accomplishments in lengthy paragraphs, list them down as bullet points. And to top it off, make sure that you start with strong action verbs.
Although time consuming, personalizing your resume is a crucial part of the job-hunting process. A fit-for-purpose resume will give you a higher response rate and get you a step closer to your dream job.
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