Dear Experts, I currently have a full time job and am looking to transition into a new job in a sales role. I have experience in multiple disciplines and I'm a quick learner. Am I better off having a resume writer tailor my resume to one specific field of interest (and modify it myself), or should I have it written as a general resume and simply change the objective when I send it out? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: @Keppie_Careers Q#160 Pro writers create targeted/tweakable rez. Question prof who adds objective=dated. General rez=useless. @juliaerickson Q#160 Gr8 rez shows ur core value/skills/what U want2 do; just small tweaks l8r. Gd rez writer captures it w/U. @kgrantcareers Q#160 Creating a general resume and just changing the objective each time = failed job search. Customize resume for each job. @jtodonnell Q#160 NO Objective Statement. They don't work! Get Summary Style resume designed & focus on cover letters! @gradversity Q#160 Tailor it to a specific field of interest. This will increase your success rate compared to a more generic resume. @DebraWheatman Q#160 Write summary and core competency section. Have writer create compelling doc that u tweak for various positions. @ValueIntoWords Q#160 If target msg /industry (KEY) is crystallized, then focused rez needs only modest editing from submit 2 submit. @dawnbugni Q#160 No such thing as "generic resume". Must target. Tailor to specific positions. More than one version OK. @ValueIntoWords Q#160 Pro Res Writer can help u tailor to needs of industry/co's ur targeting; will help u flesh our ur unique value. @askamanager Q#160 Skip the objective entirely; that's what your cover letter is for. And make sure resume is tailored for each job. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
June 12, 2009