How to tailor your resume

Tailor Your Resume

Are you considering if you should bother to tailor your resume? A good quality tailored resume can significantly increase your chances of progressing through the recruitment process.

During the resume screening process employers are looking to quickly identify applicants that meet their desired requirements in terms of soft and hard skills. To do this they seek out key words e.g. team work (soft skills) and Microsoft Word (hard skill). Hence, it is important to highlight your relevant soft and hard skills that are specific to the role.

How do I tailor my resume?

Start with the job ad. A well written job ad will outline the key soft and hard skills required for the position e.g. previous experience operating a forklift (hard skill) or demonstrated ability to work as part of a team (soft skill). Identify these key soft and hard skills and include as many as possible of the key words in your resume.

You can also research the company website

This will help you learn more about the company (and possibly the role). A common trend these days is for companies to populate their website with buzz words, so a good tip is to try and include applicable buzz words where possible in your resume.

Focus on the job ad content

You can also tailor the structure of your resume by considering the relevance of content on your resume for a particular position. If you can identify from the job ad that you meet key requirement then ensure this is easily identifiable on your resume. You want it to be one of the first things the reader notices to entice them to read on.

Such key requirements could include previous job title, company, industry, education, or soft and hard skills. Don’t be afraid to rearrange the layout of your resume to highlight your key selling points for that role.

Update career summary

Finally, ensure that your career profile/ career summary aligns with the role you are applying from. It’s not uncommon for applicants to express interest in several different types of roles (consider the example of someone trying to get an apprenticeship – they may apply for carpentry roles, electrical roles, plumbing roles and so on).

Make sure your summary matches the role e.g. I am seeking an electrical apprenticeship opportunity. This way the reader knows you’re interested in the role and or industry and you aren’t just on Seek spamming your resume to as many job ads as you can find!

For a better chance of success this process should be repeated with every application you submit.

Summary

  • Match your resume content with the job ad
  • Rearrange your resume structure to highlight your key selling point for the position
  • Match your career profile with the role
  • Tailor every resume you submit!