How To: Tailor Your Resume for the Job You Want

By on Nov 18, 2016 |

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letters-1500992_1280One of the worst things you can do when job seeking is to mass distribute your resume. While you may be desperate for a job, this can actually hurt your efforts. Taking the time to tailor your resume to each position can yield better results, especially given that more employers are turning to applicant tracking systems (ATS) to sort through resumes. Sending a targeted resume can help you to better align with the key points an employer is looking for and not be knocked out of the competition right off the bat.

Remember that tailoring your resume does not mean starting from scratch and writing a completely new resume for each job. Your basic career history won’t change much (it is what it is), but what you emphasize might. Here’s how to get started:

Don’t let tailoring your resume stress you out. Take it one step at a time. Once you’re done, compare your resume to the job description to ensure that there is a clear connection for why you are a strong candidate. Ask a friend or family member to review it and see if they think it matches up, and also to check for any spelling or grammar mistakes.

Instead of applying for any and every job, concentrate on the ones which are the best fit for your experience and interests. Submitting a solid resume that portrays you as a strong candidate for the role can increase your chances of landing an interview. Grammar Chic can help you tailor your resume for type of role you seek and shed light on the key elements a potential employer is looking for. Contact Grammar Chic at (803) 831-7444 or resumewriting@grammarchic.net to feel more confident about the resume you’re sending out.