A targeted resume and cover letter make a significant impact in a job market where thousands of resumes and cover letters pass through the hands of employers.
Create Well-Targeted Job Search Documents
It may be a lot easier to write generic resumes and cover letters, but it won’t benefit you in the long run. In fact, you will find that it will be detrimental to your job search. If you ignore the importance of individual, well-targeted cover letters and resumes, you can forget your chance of an interview.
Having a focused and targeted resume and cover letter is important because the purpose of your job search documents is to show how you would benefit a company. Therefore, it stands to reason that your job in developing your documents is to illustrate your value to the company. This entails giving your documents a clear focus that targets the specifics of the job’s duties and objectives.
Avoid Scattered Information
Keeping a clear focus on your documents means avoiding any scattered information or work experience that could cloud your intentions. It can give employers a negative impression of you if you appear to be all over the place. If you mentioned that one year you were working in administration, and then the next year you were working as a lawyer, and then as an accountant, and now you are back applying to work as an administrator, companies might become confused as to where your true interests and passions lie.
If this is how your work experience reads, try eliminating all the non-related experiences and skills to bring more uniformity and focus to your resume. You can do this by either taking this information out altogether or by separating your work experience into categories: related and non-related experiences. This way, your resume retains its clear focus and flow, while still showcasing all of your skills and talents.
Choose Related Information
It’s also important that the skills you highlight and your professional summary or objective statement are specifically related to the position you are seeking. You want to ensure that all the information you choose to include works toward providing a uniformed image of yourself. Employers want to ensure that you really want to work for them, meaning you are not just applying to any and all open positions.
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