Customizing your resume for each opportunity is not optional in most situations. Resume/application customization is becoming increasingly important now that most resumes and applications are stored in an employer’s resume database or applicant tracking system (“ATS”).
In addition, several recent studies have indicated that the human reviewer – if/when they do actually see your resume – will spend fewer than 10 seconds looking at your resume before deciding whether or not you are qualified for the opportunity.
Customize your Resume in 5 steps.
Appropriate Customization Pays Off! This may be the biggest challenge in the whole process, so far.
Customizing your resume does NOT mean a complete re-write of your resume for each opportunity. But, it does mean taking a little more time than simply clicking on the “Apply” button.
Focus on the top half of the first page of your resume.
The rest of your resume probably needs little, if any, customization – a standard work history chronology should be fine otherwise. So, the customization you have done has probably not taken you very much time, but it should have a good payoff.
If interested in more, here is a detailed article.
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