Tips On Tailoring Your Resume for the Job You Want

Creating a resume that gets results isn’t always easy. Not only that, but you can’t just have one. You have to tailor each resume you send out to the specific position you’re applying for. It can be a tall order to fill if you don’t know the right approach to take.

The good news is that at Stewart Staffing, we can help. As one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, we know what hiring managers look for on resumes. Here are some tips to help you customize yours so you can land the job you want:

Read through the job description…then read through it again.

When you want to make the best impression with your resume, you must be as precise and detailed as possible. To do that, you really need to work to understand the job and the employer’s needs when filling it. So read through the job description a few times and make notes about what skills and requirements seem most important. Then write down how your own skills and abilities align with them and what specific points you can reference on your resume that speak to that experience.

Keep the most relevant information first.

Whether you’re writing your Summary of Qualifications, or the details of your past job, include the most relevant information first. It will be different for each position you’re applying for; however, since hiring managers tend to skim resumes, rather then reading through them, this will increase the odds of them seeing the most pertinent information.

Talk about accomplishments that will stand out most.

When it comes to discussing your work experience, you need to go beyond tasks and responsibilities and also discuss your track record of past accomplishments. Again, make sure the examples you include are the most relevant for the position you’re applying to.

For instance, if a hiring manager is looking for someone with excellent project management skills, then discuss the role you played in spearheading a vital company initiative and helping ensure it was completed on time and on budget.

Ask a friend or family member to review it.

Finally, before submitting your resume, ask someone you trust to read through the job description and review your resume. They should be looking for any mistakes, typos or inconsistencies. Beyond that, they should also be looking to make sure the information you included is clear and makes the most sense for the position you’re applying to.

Tweaking your resume for every position you apply to will certainly take some extra time. However, it will be well worth it in the end with a more targeted resume and better job search results.

Need more help finding a new job in or around Hartford?

Stewart Staffing is a great place to start. As one of Hartford’s leading employment agencies, we’ll get to know your background, skills and personality….we’ll then get to work matching you with opportunities that are a great fit. Contact us today to learn more.

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