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How to Target the Job Description

You may have already had the experience that you have applied for many vacancies, but these have often been unsuccessful. You end up getting no positive responses from recruiters wondering why this is happening even though you feel like you are a perfect fit. What could be the problem?

Here's what you need to know: When looking for a job, your skills and experience come second. The most important thing is how well you present yourself on your resume. You need to make sure that your resume is properly aligned with the job description the company has posted.

You have to adjust your resume every time you apply for a different position. Before each application, your resume should be adapted so that it speaks directly to the employer you would like to work for. Recruiters and Hiring managers can smell generic applications miles away!

Here are all the steps you need to take to make your resume successful.

Why is it So Important to Tailor Your Resume in the First Place?

The first reason for adapting your resume to a job description is to pass the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) first. ATS is software that is typically used by employees to filter out suitable candidates for an advertised position. The software searches the résumés for specific keywords that relate to the job position and indicate how well qualified you are to fill that position. It is important to note that if such a system is in place for the company you are targeting, your resume will get disqualified if the required keywords are not in place. You may be wondering now; How can one know which keywords are needed to go through this system? You can find these keywords in the job description. You need to customize your resume and use these keywords specifically.

Other than that, the second filter is to go through the recruiter's eyes. This recruiter is very knowledgeable and will only search your resume for specific terms, skills, and experience they deem appropriate for the job description provided. Keep this in mind as you customize your resume - it needs to catch the recruiter's eye the first time. Our services at Resoume can help you with that!

How to Adjust Your Resume for Each Job Description

Prepare a “Master” Resume

Creating a new résumé for each application can be an extremely tedious task. To make the process a little easier, you need to have a master's resume that includes all of your experience, skills, achievements, education, and any personal information that you think is necessary. For this purpose, you can easily create one with the help of our services at Resoume. Once that's done, edit your master template whenever a suitable job comes up you would like to apply. Bring in the skills and experience that appear appropriate for the job description and put the other skills and experiences in the background or even leave them out if they are not relevant. It will take some time, but it will prove to be an effective step in finding your job.

Read Through the Job Description Carefully

You need to read through carefully and understand what the job description requires of you. That way, you know what the recruiter is looking for in an applicant for the job. You can search for this job description for specific keywords and phrases that you would like to add to your resume to make it appear. Speaking the recruiter's language will increase your chances of getting the job. Important skills are mentioned above in the job postings and are therefore more relevant to be included in the résumé.

Make Adjustments to Your Professional Summary

The professional summary is the portion of your resume that is a small introduction to your professional career and accomplishments. Once you understand the requirements of the job description, be sure to adapt this paragraph to the requirements of the job.

Bring Out Your Relevant Skills and Experience

You may be a person with great skills and experience, but sometimes it can be too much to list it all on your resume. If you display a lot of skills and experience on your resume that are not necessarily relevant, they may be hiding the important skills and work experience the recruiter is looking for.

Customize your resume to highlight the skills and experience your recruiter is looking for - check out the job description. Try to make those skills, experiences, and achievements more prominent by bringing them to the fore. An extremely long resume can sometimes result in employers not reading it through in full. As a rule, a résumé should not be longer than two pages. Even with ten years of professional experience, it is most likely that not every job is relevant for the advertisement.

Summary

To assure that your resume doesn't get filtered out in the recruiting process and reach the recruiter, you need to adapt it to the required job description. This will ensure that your resume doesn't go unnoticed.

Here are a few things to remember:

  • Prepare a master resume that you can use as a template to customize if necessary.
  • Read the job description carefully and look for any keywords or phrases that the recruiter is looking for.
  • Customize your professional summary based on these keywords and phrases.
  • Highlight your skills and experience relevant to the job description.

This way you increase the chances of your resume reaching the employer and not being filtered out by software or the recruiter. This will increase your chances of being interviewed and ultimately earn you your dream job. Use our tools at Resoume to create a master resume or customize one to suit your needs!

The professional summary is the part of your resume that is a small introduction to your professional career and achievements. Once you understand the requirements of the job description, you need to adapt this paragraph to the requirements of the job.

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