Perfecting a resume can be extremely difficult and many people make the mistake of not making the purpose of their resume clear. Too many resumes have been lost in the crowd because they miss a focus.

By searching online you can find some of the best resume examples when it comes to writing and designing your resume. To make it all easier for you, we have put together this article on how to make the purpose of your resume clear.

What is The Purpose of Your Resume?

1. Your resume is a tool for marketing

It’s designed to draw attention to you and move you along to the next stage of recruitment. With it you present your skills, qualifications, and accomplishments in writing to show what you can bring a company.

2. Your resume is a key component of the application process

Your resume is your first key tool for finding a job. It gives hiring managers their first impression of you. You want it to make them drawn to you and motivate them to invite you to an interview.

3. Your resume is a written inventory

Your resume provides a written inventory of all your skills, experiences, accomplishments and education. You should also customize it to target each position you are applying.

4. Your resume gets you an interview

The ultimate goal of any resume is to tell a hiring manager you’ve got all the skills, experience, and education they need to be given an interview. The interview is where they will determine if you’ll really be a great fit or not. The resume opens the door and the interview closes it.

How to Write a Resume with a Purpose

1. Who is the audience?

Back in the day, a resume would reach the manager or whoever was making the decision but not today. Today, we live in a very different world and Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is often the first thing to review your resume. For this reason, the job description has to be reviewed in order to pick out keywords that will put you in the hands of an employee.

Even if you can get straight through to an employee of the company, it is most likely going to be someone from HR so the industry-specific terms may go right over their head. If it goes to a manager, their sole focus will be your skill set and accomplishments so make them stand out.

2. What is the industry?

Again, if you are applying in a certain industry, your resume has to include these all-important keywords. Just a few years ago, these words didn’t even have to be in context but Applicant Tracking Systems are getting smarter so we have to up our game. Of course, if you aren’t searching in a specific industry, this doesn’t apply although you should still target your resume.

3. What is the position?

The purpose of your resume has to be tailored depending on the position you’re applying for; it is not good to post the same resume to every single job opening because they will all be looking for something different. You have to read the job listing thoroughly until you know it inside out, then you can include all the important information they want to see.

4. What message do you want your resume to send?

Employers know what the duties are in your industry and listing them in your resume isn’t going to impress the hiring manager. Rather than listing your duties, list what you accomplished in your previous positions and how you’ve helped the company.

For example, rather than saying ‘I am very organized’, show them an example of a time you used this skill. Show them your skills and show them why you are the best candidate for their vacancy.

Take away from this article:

  • Use keywords in your resume, you can find keywords from the job listing
  • Tailor your resume for each position
  • Under your job history, list achievements rather than duties

By doing the above you are improving your chances of landing yourself an interview.

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Sara Duerr is a freelance writer who loves to blog about career related topics. You can find more of her posts on LimeResumes where she posts regularly.

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