5 Easy Tips to Help You Customize Your Resume

July 20th, 2011 | Resume | No Comments »

You’re always hearing that you shouldn’t send out masses of generic resumes. You should customize your application to where you’re sending it. You hear it at least three times a day when you’re mid-job-search. And you’ve begun to tune it out. Who has time for that? How do you even go about doing it? Here, just for you, is a quick and easy guide.

1. Name the hiring authority

Even if you’re not writing a cover letter, you should have a specific name to which you can address your email. If the name’s not listed with the job description, poke around online or simply give the company a call to find out who’s in charge of hiring for that position. This is a quick way to show that you actually care about whom you’re sending your resume to.

2. Position title

Make sure your resume objective is specific, and instead of writing something vague, such as, “to obtain a position relating to my skills in….” or something equally generic, include the actual position title. After all, the objective of this particular resume is in fact to obtain that particular position.

3. Name of the company

In many cases, you will know the actual company you’re applying to, and you can easily write this into your objective too. This will be a clear sign that you’ve put in the extra effort to write this resume specifically for this company. If in the case you don’t know the company’s name, try to be as specific as you can, perhaps including the industry instead of the company name.

4. Required skills

Somewhere on your resume, you probably already have listed your skills and all the experience you have using them. Make sure that out of all the skills you list, the ones that meet the requirements of the job are listed most prominently. This way, whoever’s reading your resume will see the immediate keyword match, instead having to search them out.

5. Culture fit

You may not be writing a full-blown cover letter, but you should at least have a short introductory email. While it’s never guaranteed that your message will be read, it is a good idea to reflect the company in your note. Mentioning why the company appeals to you or how you think you’d be a good fit with the culture described in the job ad or on their website is another sign that you’ve done your homework and are serious about the job.

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