There are many resources about how to write a resume that’s not for a specific position. But how should you write your resume when you’re applying for a specific job vacancy?
When employers seek candidates for an opening, they set out responsibilities, qualifications and requirements applicants should have in a job posting. The employer will look for candidates who have all (or nearly all) of the qualifications and experience for which they are seeking. Often, the most important requirements are listed at the top of the list and the least important at the bottom.
Your job is to show that your experience matches what the employer is seeking. To do so, you’ll want to create a targeted resume, one that specifically highlights the experience you have that is relevant to the job for which you are applying. It’s more time consuming to write a targeted resume, but well worth the effort.
Job search expert, Alison Doyle, gives advice about resume writing for a specific position in How to Write a Targeted Resume . She suggests that job applicants use one of these methods:
Include a Summary of Qualifications section at the top of your resume. This is among the easiest ways to target your resume (without rewriting the whole resume.) Review the job description and then review your resume. Take the experience, credentials, and education that best match the job posting and include them in the Summary of Qualifications section at the top of your resume. Then list your experience in reverse chronological order, just like you would on a traditional resume. The two other easiest ways to target your resume: Write a Profile or Career Highlights section.
Write a Custom Resume. Edit your resume so your skills and experience are as close a match as possible to the job description or job ad requirements. Take the keywords used in the job posting and work them into your resume.
Doyle also gives an example: a job posting with a sample resume written specifically to apply for that position to show how the resume writer made sure that her highlighted skills are exactly what the employer is seeking:
Sample Help Wanted Ad for Human Resources Manager
Recruit all exempt and non-exempt employees. Orient new employees to the organization. Design and implement staff training and development programs. Manage employee retention initiatives.
Administer all compensation, benefit, and state mandated programs including processing of enrollments, terminations, unemployment and workers compensation claims. Responsible for compliance with state and federal labor laws. Serve as COBRA administrator for the company. Member of union contract negotiating and management team.
Human Resources Manager Targeted Resume Sample
The following is a sample resume targeted to the above job posting. The Summary of Qualifications closely correlates with the job posting.
Resume Summary of Qualifications
--Experienced manager with expertise in human relations and project management
--Extensive background in staff recruitment and retention
--Staff training and development
--Superb written and oral communication skills
--Organizational and strategic planning
--Contract negotiation and compliance
--Knowledge of federal and state employment law
The complete targeted resume is here .
And what if your qualifications and experience don’t match well with the job for which you are applying? We advise you to skip the job application and apply for the next job for which you are a great fit and have a passion for.
Need more help with resume writing and strategies? Minnesota WorkForce Centers offer free workshops about job-hunting techniques. Check out a calendar of events for job seekers here .