How Much Should Your Resume Change Based on the Job Description?
|How Much Should Your Resume Change Based on the Job Description?|
by Chaz Bennett, Research Recruiter, Acclivity Healthcare
Your resume is a summary of all your training, attributes and skills that make you perfectly suited for the job for which you are applying. Since these elements don’t really change very much, there is no point in modifying your resume to suit each job description, right? Actually, sending out a generic, one-size-fits-all resume can mean that it winds up in the trash can because it doesn’t adequately address the key skills and knowledge the job is seeking.
Customize to Stand Out
These days, it’s harder than ever for your resume to be seen by the right eyes. First, nearly all companies store the applications they receive in an applicant tracking system (ATS) that is optimized with those keywords that are most important to the job. Your resume needs to include those particular keywords as well. This customization also makes it more likely that your resume will pique the attention of the human resources department.
Strategies to Make Your Resume More Engaging
Customizing your resume to suit each job you apply for can seem overwhelming and time consuming. It doesn’t have to be though. Following a methodical process ensures that you hit the right areas without having to rewrite it entirely. First, add keywords that help it get through the ATS, then add some content that helps it catch the eye of the person viewing it.
Once you give your resume a quick read after performing this customization, it’s not likely to need any other changes. With just a few minutes investment, you can take your resume from generic to customized — and increase your chances to get that job.