Resume Not Meant for You

Your Resume Isn’t Meant for YOU

ย Yes, your resume tells your career story. It documents your unique career history, achievements, and strengths. However, your resume isn’t meant for you;ย it is a marketing tool written for the hiring company.ย 

The first thing you need to know when crafting a resume is WHO will be reading it.

Like any marketing collateral, you need a deep understanding of the target audience’s needs (employer) before you start compiling. Then you must align offerings with needs precisely for content to resonate.

Every bullet point and statement on your resume must be valuable to the reader, not just valuable to you. Yes, the resume may be all about you, but it isn’t meant for you.ย 


How to Write Your Resume for Your Target Employerย 

Read and understand the job posting

A critical first step in the application process is carefully reading and understanding the job posting. It is the roadmap for resume creation.

An assessment of the job posting can help determine if you are a good fit for the company and role while also ensuring that you identify details, requirements, skills, and keywords to address in the resume.

Strategy Tip: Print the posting and get out a few different coloured highlighter pens.

Use one colour to highlight core skills (team leadership, project management, analysis, etc.) . Use another highlighter to capture important job requirements (years of experience, software programs or desired education, etc.) and use a final colour to identify key phrases (“grow company revenue”…”direct cross-functional product execution”…”increase ROI for customers”, etc.).ย 

Now work to incorporate the top/most common skills and phrases into your resume content, using clear and specific examples of success in these areas to back-up your claims.


The better you can align your resume with a job posting, the better it will be received.ย 


Customize your resume to the industry and the position

General resumes donโ€™t work.ย 

No need to rewrite your resume from scratch every time you apply to a position, but spend a bit of time customizing each resume before submitting it.

Customization means:

  • Sharing the targeted job title in your resume header. State your intent
  • Including appropriate industry language, terminology, and keywords
  • Speaking to accomplishments that are relevant to the position
  • Providing specific details that help the employer see how your skills and experience would benefit them
  • Removing or minimizing unrelated details or experiences

Resume customization is critical for all types of applications.ย  You want the resume to resonate with a reader, and even if you apply for a job online, an eventual person will read it.


Cut out unrelated content

Without a doubt, you have a career history full of accomplishments and achievements.ย Including ALL details on your resume is not an effective strategy. In a resume, less can more more.ย 

Too much information – or the wrong kinds of information – can muddy up a resume and make your value harder to identify and understand.

Instead, focus on your most relevant and impactful experiences and accomplishments. Resume readers want relevant facts, and if an employer has to scan a dense and highly detailed resume, you risk losing interest or burying key facts.


Focus on the quality of the content

Purposefully place each statement, bullet, and information piece in your resume. Ensure every point counts. Give the reader high-quality content so they can understand who you are and how you can help.

An analysis of over 4000 resumes byย Talent Works found the following points to be exponentially helpful in securing interviews:ย 

  • Every 3 sentences, use at least 1 number to demonstrate your (concrete) impact. People who did that saw a +40.2% boost over their competition.ย 
  • Incorporate 1 to 2 leadership-oriented words every 5 sentences. Job applicants who used strong, active, leadership words saw a +50.9% boost over their competition.ย 
  • Add 15 to 20 skills, keywords, and (related) acronyms to your resume. This associated with a +58.8% boost in hireability on average.ย 
  • Describe your job achievements with different action verbs. This single tip saw a +139.6% boost in getting more interviews.ย 


Write your resume with the employer’s needs top of mind to improve your chances of being selected for an interview. The more customized, tailored, and purposeful the content, the more likely the reader will see a clear connection between what they need and what you offer.ย 


If you want to develop a customized resume – that aligns your value with your target employer’s needs – reach out. I can help.

Adrienne Tom

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