By Dale Isip
A long-term study of U.S. adults born between 1957 and 1964 revealed that between the ages of 18 and 54, those surveyed held an average of 12.4 jobs. It was also found that in mid-life, 61 percent of this group had a particular job end within five years.
These numbers suggest that job changes are quite common – and similarly, this may require the creation of several resumes for different new jobs. The following are some tips on creating multiple resumes – each tailored to best show recruiters how your experience aligns with a new position.
Create a Template
Your resume need not be entirely revised every time you apply for a job. This is especially the case if you are in a specialized field (such as accounting or nursing) and are applying for similar positions within that field. In this case, you may simply want to re-organize your resume depending on the distribution of your experience.
If you are applying to positions adjacent to – or very different than – your latest job, however, you will want to use a different strategy. The first thing you should do is create a template resume based on particular skills. To emphasize your technical skills, for example, create a template that details your experience with different software programs, or even exposure to different coding languages, at different positions.
A template resume could also focus on your experience handling financial, administrative, management, or communications issues at different companies. You can have several starting templates, if necessary. If you know the nature of your intended new position, you can have a relatively closely related template ready for it.
Adjust the Language
Once you have a template ready, look at the new job description. Does it match the language of your template resume? If so, this is a good sign – you may just want to change your professional title (located under your name) to align closer to the new position. You might also want to change the language in your professional summary, to match with the description of the new job.
If the job description does not match the language of your template, adjust the latter as necessary. Change the content of your template resume’s “bullet points” to reflect the specific tasks, skills, and duties as described in the new position.
At the very least, this will show hiring managers that you are attuned to the needs of the company and the job as listed. In a best-case scenario, adjusting the language in your template shows that you have the experience needed to perform at work adequately.
You might need to create a resume from scratch depending on your intended position. In this case, try to mirror the language of the job description as you reevaluate your experiences.
By following these steps, you will better your chances of getting noticed and getting interviews. If you can describe in your resume how your experience can help a company, you will be that much closer to getting hired.