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Busting the BS of the Job Search and Interview – Part Three

August 15, 2012 by  
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This Guest Post was written by Heather Markel, Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.

This is part three of my bull-busting strategies to take you forward in your search.  Helping people bust through their BS to create better lives is my mission, and when it comes to job searching and interviewing, you need every tool available to help you stand out in the crowd and get noticed. Today’s Bull Buster is one of the most important to shatter to pieces.


THE BIGGEST BS – You only need one resume.

The Truth – If you are applying for different positions, you need one resume per position / title.

The Reality – You need to make it quick and easy for a potential hiring manager to understand that you have the skillset they need.  Also, if you are still sending your resume in any electronic method, it will be sent through a keyword tracker.  If you wrote down that you took a class in “Managing Projects” and the job title you’re applying for is “Project Manager,” your resume is going in the virtual garbage.

The Strategy – Carefully read each job announcement.  It’s your guide to many of the keywords you should be using in your resume.  (Of course – only use those words if you have that experience!)  When you list what you feel are your most valuable skills, make sure to define them in the context of the specific position for which you’re applying.  Make sure that if you’re applying for, say a sales and a marketing position, that each resume is specific to only the skills relevant for sales or marketing.

Take the time to craft your resume to match each and every position you apply for and you will find far more success.  Once you get the interview, you will have a chance to shine – but getting the interview is definitely worth the extra five minutes this will take you.

 

Heather Markel is the Chief BullBusting Officer (CBO) of The BullBuster Café and The BullBuster Boardroom.  You can learn more about her, and BullBusting strategies at www.bustyourbull.com

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