3 Easy Ways To Customize Your Resume

Published: May 01, 2014

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3 Easy Ways To Customize Your Resume May 1, 2014

Not sure how to make your resume stand out more? Make sure to follow the three tips below.

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Expert Resume Writer

In this day and age, you need to take advantage of every strategy possible to increase your odds of landing the position you are applying for. Competition for good jobs is stiff, and you want the edge on your competition. One way that you can accomplish this is by tailoring your resume to the job in question. Here, we will look at three simple tips to help you create a resume that sells.

1. Cut out the fat.

So, you worked in retail when you were nineteen to help buy books and other college supplies. While that is great, is it relevant to the position you are applying for? Remember that a hiring manager is only going to spend a few seconds with your resume before deciding if you are a good potential candidate or not. Cut out experience and other elements of your resume that aren’t relevant to the job. Make sure that every word of your resume shows you as the best candidate for the position in question.

2. Use keywords.

Find out what key phrases are most important for the job in question. If the job ad says they are looking for someone proficient in Excel, use that exact phrase on your resume. Not only can it make it more obvious to human eyes that you are a great match for the company, but it helps make sure your resume comes up for companies using software to sift through resumes. Use the same language as the company's job description, and make sure you are including relevant key phrases.

3. Don't be afraid to think outside the box.

Say you are applying for a job as the personal assistant to a chef and you once took cooking classes. That experience and knowledge of what your prospective employer does can give you a leg up on the competition. If you have experience relevant to the position that doesn’t fit within the confines of the standard resume boxes, make room, even if it is in your cover letter. You want a professional edge over other applicants, so make use of anything in your arsenal!

Tweaking and customizing your resume is the best way to increase your odds of landing the position you seek. These tips should be enough to help you get started. With the right resume, tailored to the position you seek, you boost your chances of getting interview time with the hiring manager.

About the Author

Jessica Hernandez, is a resume authority for the Job Talk America radio program and multi-published expert author for resume, career, and job search publications. She boasts more than ten years in human resources management and hiring for Fortune 500 companies and utilizes her extensive experience to support job seekers in their quest to move onward and upward in their careers. Find out more at Great Resumes Fast.

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