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.
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.
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