Executive Resume Revisions – One Resume Doesn’t Fit All

After you’ve spent so much time putting together your executive resume, you want to blanket the marketplace with that perfect “one”. You are exhausted from all the effort and the job search has only just begun. This is actually one of the worst things you can do, since the resume is most likely generic in nature. Hiring managers can easily identify a generic resume and will toss it out as soon as it’s identified. For the best results, the top resume writing services suggest tailoring each resume you send out to the actual company you’re sending it to. This may seem like a huge time investment, but when you know exactly what to change, it’s not as daunting of a task as you think. Here are some of the main things to consider changing when you apply to multiple jobs.

Identify the Right Keywords

Even if you are applying for the same types of jobs, they will have different job descriptions. In today’s world, most every resume has to pass through ATS to get into the hands of a human. So you have to use the right keywords for each job posting. Read through the entire description and pick out all the soft skills, hard skills and job-specific skills you can find. Then look at your resume and incorporate as many of them as possible without making it sound unnatural.

Numbers Stand Out

In a sea of words on a resume, numbers stand out. They stop the eye movement and draw our attention. Take these keywords to the next level and add an eye-catching statistic whenever possible. Hiring managers like to see percentages or dollar amounts on a resume because it puts your words into perspective and makes you sound much more credible and specific. Simply saying you boosted your company’s bottom line the past three years doesn’t have the same type of impact as saying you increased the bottom line by 10% one year, 13% the next year and 15% the following year. Your executive resume service will ask you to provide them with these statistics so they can incorporate them throughout the resume as appropriate.

Match Your Skills to the Company’s Requirements

Research the company’s website and identify their areas of need and pinpoint them. Companies and hiring managers don’t necessarily care what you did at your previous jobs. They just want to know what value you will provide their company. Now tailor your resume to meet those needs. The top resume writing services can help you with using your past experience to demonstrate how your skills will transfer to their company and create similar results.

Professional Resume Services helps executives with writing an effective resume every day. Having a unique resume for every job you apply for is extremely valuable and well worth the time and effort. Many times you don’t have to significantly change your resume. A few tweaks and additions here and there can make a big difference. If you ever need assistance with your resume, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for tips or advice.

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Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of nine best-selling career books.