Your Resume as a Dynamic Marketing Piece
Before PC’s became readily accessible, job seekers would have resumes printed by professional print shops on pricey stationery. Given the expense, that document would be sent out over and over again. It probably would be updated only when the copies on hand were exhausted or due to a material event.
Not anymore. In today’s electronic world, not only should a resume be current it should be tailored for the job position in consideration. Therefore, a resume should no longer be regarded as a static document. To me, it makes a lot of sense. Think of yourself as an HR manager having to review hundreds of job applications and resumes. Would you be inclined to analyze a host of generic resumes trying to figure out if it fits what you are looking for? Probably not. A ” one size fits all” also gives the impression that the job seeker is simply sending out resumes to everything in sight hoping that one of them might just “stick on the wall” somewhere.
Although not everyone is apt to agree with me, I feel that an objective statement at the top indicating the type of position desired (such as a software engineer, teacher, or electrician, etc.) is a good thing. To me, it frames the resume and sets the stage for the sections of text that follow.
Of course, aim to mirror the keywords expressed in the job description or job posting. That’s a given. I would read through your existing resume focusing on which elements or points are still relevant. Where possible, I would address each accomplishment and/or skill to see if each one could be modified or augmented to fit, inserting keywords used in the industry. If you need help, public libraries offer a host of resume books that showcase resumes for different job positions, industries and varying levels of experience and situations. In addition, the web site, careeronestop, contains a database of occupations with descriptions of required skills, knowledge, education, likely tasks, activities. It’s a useful aid when preparing or updating a resume.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to try out different resumes. Whichever one gets the interview and the job will be the right one.