Here at N. Liten Resume Services we pride ourselves in providing our clients with not only resume services, but tips and consulting to help them reach their career goals. In today’s economy looking for a job in itself can be considered a full-time job. Searching through online job forms, researching careers and updating our resume. The process alone can be overwhelming and tedious. During this process, you might think having one resume can do the trick to help you land a job.

However, this is not always the case having multiple versions of your resume can help you get your foot in the door faster. Tailoring each resume for every specific industry or career field is imperative in the job-hunting process. Here are four scenarios in which having various resumes varieties can help you land a job.

  1. Same Industry, New Position – If you’ve worked as a high school science teacher for years, but are looking to teach the Scientific Method to elementary school kids, you’ll need to revamp your resume. While you can highlight your overall achievements as a teacher, you’ll need to exemplify why you’d be the best applicant to teach to a whole new demographic.
  1. Same Industry, Various Positions – In this scenario you’ve been job searching for a while, you can start to get desperate. That desperation can cause you to apply for any old job in your industry, regardless of experience. Having a resume that caters to numerous jobs within your career field not only shows your adaptability, but also makes you a more capable candidate than you would be if you sent out a resume that wasn’t really a match. Make sure to highlight your experience, but don’t skimp on your skills that are transferable in the industry.
  1. Completely New Career Field – In this scenario your previous position you were a supervisor at grocery store, but that isn’t going to transfer when you’re applying to become a new organization’s social media coordinator. Highlight the exact skills and work experiences that make you a fit for the new job. Then, build new skills and experience by volunteering, interning, freelancing, or taking on a part-time role.
  1. New Industry, New Position – Let’s just say you’ve always been a teacher for most of your professional career. However, you’ve always been interested in marketing and want to switch careers. In this scenario, you’re applying for a completely different position in a brand-new field, previous work experience doesn’t matter as much. Thus, you can emphasize all your free time outside of your current position to start working and studying for a new career in marketing. Therefore, customizing your resume will allow you to make the necessary changes needed for your new industry.

Job seekers have to be creative when looking for a job. Depending on what type of job you’re looking for, customizing your resume to shine a light on the strengths you already possess will make you the perfect candidate for the position.

Do you have different resume versions? If so, how many? Let us know in the comments section below!


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