The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
If you look at a lot of job ads out there today, it seems as though companies are looking for very one-dimensional candidates. Many job ads are written seeking someone who has gotten a degree in their field, taken an entry-level job, and worked their way up in that field ever since.
While some people’s career paths have been that straightforward, the average worker changes jobs multiple times in his or her life, often making lateral or downward moves based on various circumstances. In addition to changing actual job roles, many people work in multiple fields throughout their careers, and many of these people find themselves very challenged when it comes time to write a resume.
If this sounds like your dilemma, or you find yourself trying to write a resume to make a career change, then using a master resume strategy may be helpful. In this process, you will sit down and write a chronological history of as many of your jobs as you can remember. Provide detailed bullet points of your accomplishments at each of these jobs. You may even write notes for yourself or color code the sections depending on the type of position each job was.
This master resume document should also include all your education, relevant training, and any significant volunteer projects on which you have worked. Basically, you should include any information that might be relevant to a job application at some point in your future.
Once you’ve constructed this master resume document, you will pull relevant material from the bulleted sections for every job application you complete. Obviously this is a time-consuming process, but in today’s economy, the burden is on you—the candidate—to prove you’re a good fit. Hiring managers simply have no reason to search through irrelevant information on your resume to determine how you might benefit their company. The advantage of using this strategy is that all your history is stored conveniently in one place. Additionally, cutting and pasting your qualifications for each application will ensure that you’re only using information that is directly relevant to each individual position.
Overall, what you’re trying to do is position yourself as the most qualified candidate for the job. By utilizing the most relevant bullet points for the opening you’re positioning yourself as the most qualified candidate and obvious pick for the interview.
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Author: Jessica has a true passion for the job seeker, evidenced by her desire to share everything she can with everyone she can about resume writing and interviewing.Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
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