Your resume is ready to go, but should you tweak it for every new application? With conflicting advice out there, crafting your resume strategy can be confusing. I’ve edited my resume dozens of times in the past but struggled to get results. Over the years, our chief coach urvi found an approach that finally works.
The key is developing one master resume that aligns to your core skills and values. For example, after extensive self-reflection, urvi realized leading projects and collaborating with cross-functional partners were her strongest attributes, regardless of the role. Her resume consistently highlighted those themes when she was searching for a job.
With this foundation, she's able to then briefly customize her networking letter to the individual she is writing to. The rest of the letter and bio are consistent and focus on her strengths and results based on who she is, where she wants to go, and what she has to offer. The difference here is that she is reaching out and networking with human beings rather than spending time tweaking her resume for each ATS out there. The resume should be focused on your best results and align with you.
By having one resume centered on her strengths and a customized introduction to the human, she presents a consistent personal brand while still showing alignment. And it saves time versus rewriting everything.
The days of overhauling your resume per application are over! This unified strategy works much better.
How have you handled tailoring, or not tailoring, your resume?
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