Just Create One Strong Resume That Will Attract Recruiters And Hiring Managers Of Every Stripe

June 6, 2013  |  

Many times, job prospects are told to cater their resume to the job they’re applying for. As a result, you can end up with a number of different versions of what is essentially the same information with slight tweaks here and there. One expert advises against this. Blogger Marc Cenedella, CEO  of  job matching service TheLadders, says you should create just a one-size- fits all resume instead.

Job recruiters have little time to spare so you want to make your resume as a fast, comprehensive read. Think soundbyte, elevator pitch, or a 30-second commercial. The resume should tell the person reviewing it what you want, what you can do, and what you have done, succinctly. If it doesn’t do this, this is another reason to take fresh look at your resume and revamp it.

Generally speaking, Cenedella suggests “the top 1/3 of your resume should be a professional summary that expresses quickly and succinctly what you’re looking to do next by showcasing the abilities that will get you there.”

Create a “professional summary” at the top of your resume. It should list your relevant accomplishments, qualifications and proficiencies for the job you desire. Avoid listing all your past accomplishments. It’s unnecessary.

“Would you market Coke Zero by putting Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Benzoate and Potassium Citrate in the same size font on the label as ‘great Coke taste, zero calories’?” asks Cenedella. Obviously not because you don’t want to distract people with information that doesn’t speak to the job you’re applying to and your ability to do it.

Also, don’t forget your social  media networks. All the information should be consistent across the board. Your profiles on each should be similar to your resume. “If the two look dissimilar, or, even worse, conflict in small or important ways, you set yourself apart as an unserious or potentially untruthful candidate. Nothing will get you not hired faster than untruths,” writes Cenedella.

So which do you think is the better approach? Different resumes or one all-encompassing one?

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