Gone are the days of the one-size-fits-all resume. Today more than ever, it is important that you are strategic in your messaging and content. Employers higher for specific needs. Therefore, you must understand the type of job you are looking for and the skill sets the job requires so you can address the needs of the marketplace and of the position.
The old (pre- word processors and personal computers) resume writing mindset was to write a generic, comprehensive document which could be sent to multiple employers when customized with the cover letter. Objectives were broad to include many possibilities. Since you were likely going to print many copies, the content needed to include every job, school, and volunteer experience, just in case and because you never know, it might catch someone’s eye.
In today’s workforce, a new resume mindset is required. These are the days of instant information, listicles, and 140 -character tweets, employers and their recruiters want only relevant information and they want it fast. With an increased amount of highly educated and experienced jobseekers in the marketplace, it is critical that you differentiate yourself from the crowd. Remember to customize each resume to align your skills to the position, and let employers see what qualities you can bring to their talent pool. Employers need to narrow and identify possible candidates, and may quickly eliminate you if they don’t easily spot an immediate “fit.”
Today’s new resume writing mindset demands candidates be strategic, be position focused, communicate their value relative to the position/employer’s needs, and carefully craft their content making thoughtful decisions about what to include and what to leave out.
The bottom line is that businesses hire to meet their needs. Therefore your resume must demonstrate how you meet those needs.
For a complete explanation of the basic components and structure of a resume, and for tips on making your resume more effective, click here to play the recording of our recent webinar Get Your Resume Ready.