Looking for a job so you can get your career started once and for all? Want to ensure you find that job sooner, rather than later, you really need to ensure that you are tailoring your resume to each and every unique application you make. Yes, this might sound like a lot of work, but it will be worth it when you get the job, right?
Not convinced? Here’s why it matters more than you might think:
1. The One-Size Nightmare
We’ve all been there—firing off the same generic resume to 100 jobs, hoping something sticks. But imagine this: you’re at an ice cream parlor, and all they serve is plain vanilla. Boring, right? That’s your generic resume. Now imagine a flavor crafted just for you—that’s a tailored resume!
2. Beat the Bots
Many companies now use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to filter resumes. By customizing your resume with keywords from the job description, you’re basically giving those bots a treasure map that leads straight to YOU.
3. Show You Care
Submitting a personalized resume says, “Hey, I genuinely want THIS job, not just any job.” Employers dig that enthusiasm. It’s like getting a handwritten note in an era of texts.
4. Highlight What Matters
Different jobs prioritize different skills. Tailoring lets you shine a spotlight on the experience and skills that make you the perfect fit. It’s like choosing the right Instagram filter to make your pic pop.
5. Reduce the Fluff
Lastly, being specific helps cut out irrelevant info. It’s like decluttering your closet but for your job application.
For some tips on tailoring the design of your resume, check out the infographic below.
Infographic generated by: Distinctive Resume Templates