One-Size-Doesn’t-Fit-All When it Comes to Resumes

May 7, 2015 Uncategorized

resume tipsResumes no longer come in a one-size-fits-all format. To be more specific, you have to know who you want to impress with yours and if you don’t, you’re in big trouble!

For example, there are resumes for:

  1. Private sector employers
  2. Career Transition
  3. Students (to include those seeking entrance into MBA programs)
  4. Federal Employers
  5. Military Transition

Now, do you understand the subtle differences between each of these types of resumes?

Repeat this to yourself: My audience determines the type of resume I will ultimately use to find a job.

It’s not important to know all the nuances – however – every audience is different and you need to understand that as well as determine the specifics they will be looking for in your resume. What you don’t include is just as vital as what you do include when it comes to getting a job interview or gaining entrance into a school program.

Let’s take a look at MBA resumes for example. Even thought they are deemed ‘student’ resumes, they’re not the same as candidates applying for college or graduate programs. MBA resumes are for candidates seeking a job in the ‘real’ world. Rather than showcasing their academic background, they focus on an applicant’s business acumen or experience in a particular industry. This proves that they not only have the knowledge but the expertise as well. For those entering college or a graduate program, their resumes would lean toward academic background which would also include fellowships and internships.

I want to touch on private sector resumes and how they differ from federal resumes. Let’s say you’re seeking a job in the banking industry. For all purposes, the resume you send would basically be the same if you sent it to numerous banks – however – if you’re looking to working at the FDIC, your resume has to be geared toward that agency’s requirement. You would never send an FDIC focused resume to the FHA, DOD or other federal agencies. And, the format is completely different than that of the private sector. You would include information such as your social security number, phone number, location, supervisor’s name etc. on a federal resume, things you would never include on a private sector resume.

So keep these tips in mind when applying for a job. Don’t just send out a one-size-fits-all resume, target the audience viewing it.

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