How often have you revisited your resume to find that you left off an important skill, task, or role? I would bet that if you were to sit down and write out everything you do in your current position, you would forget some things.
This is why I recommend everyone have a master resume.
What is a master resume? It’s simple. Actually, it’s long. It includes everything you have ever done, paid and unpaid (including volunteer). It does not need to be formatted in a certain way or look pretty, but every job and every responsibility should be included.
Hiring managers expect resumes to speak directly to the position they are trying to fill. According to Inc.com, there are an average of 250 resumes submitted for each corporate job. And, there are many that exceed that number. While it is easy to cull out unqualified individuals, resumes with typos, and cover letters that speak more about what the company can do for the applicant, this still leaves a large number to review and analyze. Therefore, resumes that have been tweaked to match the job description are the resumes that rise to the top of the pile.
Customizing your resume demonstrates:
A strong interest in the position
Attention to detail
Your thought process regarding how your skills fit with the position and the company
The master resume will help you tailor your resume to a specific job.
If you have had more than five positions, creating your master resume will likely take time. Begin with your first position out of college. It can be tough to remember everything you did, but be as thorough as possible. Start with what you remember and then move to the next position. As you continue to build your master resume, suddenly you will remember forgotten responsibilities or accomplishments from past jobs. I recommend one bullet point for each accomplishment, task, or responsibility. Be sure to use appropriate resume language, action words, proper tense, etc.
When you are ready to apply for a new position, compare the job description to your master resume. Note which positions are applicable and which skills and accomplishments are relevant. You can then paste that information into your formatted resume and tweak it as necessary.
Your resume will stand out and you will be much more likely to be one of the 2% invited for an interview because you tailored your resume to align with the specific job description, company mission, and industry trends.
Don't wait until you have a potential position in mind. Get started today!
Anne Converse Willkomm Director of Graduate Studies Goodwin College Drexel University