You’ve written a resume to function as your “general” communication piece and to post in resume databases, but to get the results you want, you’ll want to customize your resume to each particular open job. This is probably the best advice we can give you, but also the advice that job seekers are most likely to ignore. Why do people ignore our advice to customize their resumes?
It’s a lot of work
They don’t know how to do it
We’ve created a simple tool called a “T-chart” to help with the process. It’s still a lot of work, but much less so when you know what you’re doing. You can use our electronic sample, or simply use a piece of scratch paper and divide it in half and make two columns that resemble the letter “T”. Don’t worry, you’re not re-writing your entire resume, just certain pieces to get noticed. T-charts are also a great way to brainstorm your background before an interview.
The T-chart’s purpose is to highlight your skills and background that would be a match for the position. The goal is for the recruiter or manager to read your resume and think, “That’s exactly who we’re looking for!”