Be honest now – when was the last time that you edited your resume? How long has it been since you last updated your information? Have you even remembered to tailor your resume to fit with each job application that you made?
It can be quite a chore for you to continually tweak, amend and tailor your resume to fit the requirements of each position you apply for, but if you start to slack off and get bored of doing this, what do you think your resume would say about you to an employer? They wouldn’t be too impressed would they if you had sent out a resume that looks like a pitch for a job at a rival company.
When saving time saves you nothing
When you first started to look for a job, you would have read up about building the perfect resume, what to include, what to leave out, etc. You may well have created a very polished and grammatically correct work of art that looks great and is easy to read. However, no matter how polished your first resume was, and how great your family and friends thought it was, you still didn’t get that first job you went after.
So, then you started spending long hours rearranging your resume content to highlight your skills better and tailor it to fit with each new job application as they came up. You may have even landed yourself an interview or two as a result. But after a while, you become weary of amending your resume, so you come up with the perfect solution, or so you think!
“What if I make my resume as simple and basic as possible? Then I can save loads of time having to tweak it each time I apply for a different job! Genius!”
Or is it? Actually, this is taking a step backwards to when you created your first resume where you had no specific direction for it.
Writing a bland and boring generic resume that highlights nothing special about you will quickly result in your application being rejected.
When you include nothing that allows you to stand head and shoulders above your competition, how are you going to get yourself noticed and selected for the next stage of either a place on the shortlist or an interview slot?
Don’t be generic
No matter how accurate your resume is, if you are using it completely unchanged for every single job application then you will just come across as yet another generic applicant. Employers are very good at spotting a generic resume. Their eyes glaze over as they sweep across your information. They know as well as you do that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all resume, so why would you try to create one?
What you need to do is to put some effort into studying the job description that the employer has issued. Read up about the role on offer, research the company history, ethos and culture to get a real feel for what the employer is looking for in a recruit. They will want someone to fit in smoothly with their existing team and procedures, so make sure you understand them.
Be descriptive, but use their language
You can be really good at describing your previous duties and responsibilities, but make sure the language you use to list your previous experience matches their own ‘company speak’. Your previous company may have used certain terminology and descriptive language within the workplace that most employees tend to absorb and use over time. The job you are applying, for now, may be the same or very similar to what you did before, but rephrasing your descriptions using language that your new company would be familiar with can help you to be seen as ‘one of them’ and more likely to seamlessly fit in well with your new co-workers.
Use desirable keywords
Another point about using company language in your resume is remembering to include ‘hot keywords‘ that the employers will like. It is relatively easy to spot favorite keywords and key phrases by carefully reading the job application. You should also conduct some background research on the company website to spot frequently used descriptive keywords that the company favor.
With larger business using more sophisticated applicant scanning software to weed out many job candidates, the ones that make it through the initial scanning process are the resumes that carry relevant keywords that the company is looking for. Without doing your research and weaving desirable keywords and key phrases into your resume, your job application will not pass the first cut.
This is why it is essential to match the way you describe your area of expertise and experience as closely as possible to the wording used by the company in the job description.
Why not take a fresh look at your resume right now. Ask yourself what it says about you. Are you committed to landing yourself a great job, or are you just winging it and hoping for the best by sending out a generic resume? Why not start over with a fresh resume template from Freesumes.com to help you land that perfect job.