Did you apply for a job with the same CV every time? While a resume looks like a static document, you should update it for each application. If you make these changes, you'll get the interviews you were hoping for.
If it's not possible to change your CV for each job, you do not have to worry: it's not as hard as it sounds. With small strategic changes you can achieve great results. We'll show you how. If you do this before your next application, you've come one step closer to these two special words: "You're hired!"
Why You Need to Customize Your CV
You're not looking for someone in general good at the job. You are looking for someone who fits in perfectly with this particular job ̵
If this recruiter sees exactly the kind of skills and experiences they are looking for, they are much more likely to call you for an interview. Updating your resume strategically positions your key information so that it can shine.
Nowadays, the "recruiter" who reads your resume may not even be a real person. Many companies use software to view resumes and get out those that work well. If you update your resume with relevant keywords and phrases for that particular job, the software will put your resume in the first place on the list.
To find out how to update your resume, first read the job carefully by description. Pay attention to the work requirements and what they are looking for in a candidate. These are the things that should reflect your resume. You can also visit the company website and social media pages. Make a note of common keywords or phrases.
Ideas to Customize Your CV
Let's look at some specific methods to update your CV for each job.
Order of Information
An easiest way to highlight your resume is to change the order in which it appears.
Of course, if you have a chronological resume, you do not want to resolve the reverse chronological order by rearranging it. However, you can change the order of things to which no data is attached, such as: Your skills or achievements. Put those who are most relevant to the job to the top to make them more effective.
You can even rearrange entire sections of your resume. For example, if you have a degree in accounting, but all your work experience is in food service, you should put your education at the top of the curriculum vitae when you apply for accounting jobs. This immediately shows a hiring manager that you have relevant knowledge of the job.
If you have more experience than you would on a one-page resume, you can always change the information that is actually included. Apply for a new job.
Always keep a master list of your experience, skills, qualifications, and anything else that might be on your resume. When this list grows, eventually it will not all fit on a one-page resume. You have to choose what should be included. This can become an excellent resource for your applications.
Choose the skills, experiences, and other information that best suits the job you're applying for and add it to your resume. Cut out the less relevant details and save them in your master list, as they may be relevant to another job later. The main sections of your resume (such as "work experience" and "education") should normally remain the same, but the exact information in these sections may change for each job.
Also, always make sure there is something available for the required information. Job will be reflected in your resume (as long as it's honest). For example, if the job description indicates that applicants must be familiar with Adobe InDesign, and that is the case, check that it is listed in your resume.
Work History Details
Your work history or work experience section should include details (formatted as short phrases or bullets) that describe what you did with this job. Not only can you select the most relevant jobs to include in your resume, but you can also specify how you describe each job.
You may have worked in a retail job, and one of your bullet points is: "Open and Closed You are now applying to a bank that you never need to open or close. Instead, you can change the bullet point to "Cash, card and check transactions via the POS system". This shows that you can manage money transactions using software, a detail that is more relevant to this banking job than opening and closing a retail store.
Use these sections to show the company what you can do for them. If you're applying for a social media marketing job, you want to be sure the company has more social media followers. Maybe you've built a social media fan base as part of an old internship, so you can write a bullet that reads, "Facebook followers increased by 200 percent." Just make sure you have evidence of your claims.
Keywords  Adding keywords is another very easy way to customize a resume. Many job descriptions contain keywords that describe the candidate you are looking for, for example: B. "detail-oriented" or "self-employed". Keywords may also be displayed elsewhere, such as: B. under the motto of the company. The job title itself is also a keyword: If you apply as a Grant Writer, it's good to have a Grant Writer somewhere on your resume.
If you include these words and phrases in your resume, you are subtly showing that you have what it takes. If your resume is scanned by software, you can use the right keywords to ensure that it is not automatically filtered out.
You can add these keywords wherever they make sense in your resume. If you have a summary or profile section, this is a great place for keywords. They may also fit into your "Work Log" or "Skills" sections.
You can even update your headings to include keywords. For example, if you are an editor, update your Work Experience header to read Copy Editing Experience. Just make sure everything listed there is relevant to copy editing. If you also have unrelated work experience, place it in a separate section "Work experience" or "Additional work experience" or remove it completely.
Upgrading your resume is critical to getting the job you want. The more competitive the field, the more important it is to adapt your CV. Regardless of what you apply for, a customized resume can help you to conduct more interviews. After completing the job, be sure to read our guide to reconciling work and family life!