Recently, a visitor to our Facebook page asked this question.
Although it may seem easy to answer, it’s really not. Lacking details as to what the individual’s background contains and the job being sought, there is no set response.
Resumes Have Changed – Have You?
Unlike 10 to 15 years ago, today’s resumes aren’t a simple listing of your professional and academic experience. These documents are now targeted toward distinct industries. In other words, they’re specialized. No longer can you submit a resume that proves you are a jack of all trades, because that’s not what hiring managers and recruiters want to see. They want in-depth knowledge of your niche in a certain industry.
Therefore, there is no such thing as a one-size-resume fitting all. Something as simple as format can differ widely with candidates. An individual in accounting would choose a conservative approach, whereas a ‘creative’ would want a design and fonts with a bit more flair.
Although resumes are – and should be – as different as people’s personalities, there are certain basics that must be included in every resume. These are:
1. A strong opening summary that paints the individual as the perfect candidate for the position
2. Showcased accomplishments that are quantified
3. Professional experience that doesn’t go back more than 15 years
4. An education section – or training section – highlighting post high school academics or specialized training
In order to stand out from the crowd and to showcase what’s unique about your knowledge, skills and abilities, you need a resume that dovetails your talents to the position requirements.
Settling for anything less will only add time to your job search.