Job Seeker Resumes

Written by Serena Berger
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Resumes can be written to be specific to a particular company/position or intended to be browsed by multiple employers. The decision about how to structure your resume will depend not only on the amount of experience that you have acquired during your career but also the types of jobs for which you are applying. The latter will also serve as a guide in determining the level of detail to include in your resume.

Specificity in Resumes

If you are seeking to transition from one position to another within the same field, then it is likely that you have knowledge and experience specific to the industry in which you work. It is only logical that you would play up this experience on your resume, detailing the responsibilities of your current position. You may want to reference specific projects on which you have worked so that prospective employers can get a better picture of what you can offer their company.

If, one the other hand, you are bored with your current job or are simply looking for a change, a high level of detail may not be necessary. If your education was in engineering but you are currently working in financial services, when applying for an engineering position it may be more fruitful to refer to your skills rather than detailing the ROI analysis that you had to perform in your current job. While you do not want to discount your current position, the emphasis should be on your potential and the skills that contribute to it and the work ethic and creativity you have displayed.

There are other details that are a matter of personal taste and style. Some may wish to list their salary requirements, and this decision should be made based on how firm you are about these requirements, as they may put off some employers that can only offer less. Similarly, listing an "objective" as the first line on your resume is up to you, but vagueness can be harmful, while specificity may be desirable, but may ultimately be irrelevant.

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