Have you ever considered creating different versions of your Resume? If you have different set of skills, abilities and work experience- this may be the best option so you can easily showcase your qualifications to the specific job position that you’re applying for.
For example, if you’re one of the few who has a diverse work experience such in retail service and office clerical work, it would be beneficial to create two versions of your Resume where you can highlight your work experience for each and explain it detail.
Doing this will help you get you closer in securing an interview appointment for either industry. This is particularly helpful if you are looking for a job ASAP and you’re also open to go back in any of the work industries that you were previously part of. You still need to go through the normal process of application but this will help you get to the next step a lot faster.
If you’re one the few who have varying work experience, here are a few ways on how to write different versions of your resume:
What to do if you want to include all of your work experience from other industries
1. Be specific with your Letter of Intent. Focus on what you can do for their company. Keep the job title in mind and highlight the responsibilities you carried out from your previous employer/s which can be relevant for the position you’re applying for.
2. Make your job descriptions short. Edit your resume and come up short descriptions of what you did for your previous or current employer in such a way that even employers who do not belong to that same industry can easily understand it.
3. Keep it simple. Avoid using technical jargons or terms which are only known to a select few. Explain your responsibilities as simple as possible so hiring managers can easily understand what kind of work responsibilities you had especially if they belong to a different industry.
What to do if you want to minimize work experience descriptions (for a shorter Resume)
1. Remove irrelevant work experience. This is ideal especially if you already have a long list of work experience that may not even be helpful for your application. For example, if you’ve worked for more than 10 years now and one of your first job was a Service Crew team member in a restaurant- this will no longer be relevant if you’re applying for a position as an Engineer or as an Office Clerk. But if you’re pursuing a field in sales or customer service, including this work experience may be advantageous for your application since the job requires you to engage with clients.
Keeping these suggestions in mind will definitely help you to get to the next step of your job application- the interview. Believe that you can get a job before you leave the house for an interview appointment and you will be amazed at what positive thinking can do for your job search.