You hear all the time about what you should and shouldn’t do with your resume. Customizing your resume is a great way to show off your specific skills and talents. Here are some do’s and don’ts for customizing that resume.
1. DO tailor your resume to each job you are applying to.
Be sure to really read the job description for the job you are applying to. Don’t just send the same generic resume to job after job. Taking the time to tailor your resume to the specific requirements of each job will help your resume stand out from the pile.
2. DO showcase your talents and skills as they relate to the job keywords.
Suzanne Lucas, in an article for CBS News, makes a great point that, when customizing your resume, “make your language match.” This means make sure the language within your resume matches the main keywords from the job description. As Lucas notes, “This is not lying. This is about careful word choice.” This will help show the employer you have the specific skills and work experience they are looking for.
3. DO highlight your time in the armed forces.
Be sure to highlight your time in the armed forces on your resume, but include how that experience translates to what the employer is looking for. Does the job require strong leadership skills? Then showcase how your time in the armed forces translates to strong leadership skills.
4. DON’T fake credentials.
Faking credentials or lying on a resume is a big-time don’t. The best course of action is honesty. Your experience will speak for itself.
5. DON’T send that resume on bright neon green paper.
Customization is a great thing, but it can go too far. Don’t send your resume on bright neon green paper. Think professional, sharp-looking and error-free. That will keep your resume on the top of the stack.
6. DON’T rely on gimmicks.
Gimmicky resumes often turn off employers. Things such as crazy font sizes and weird formatting will more than likely get your resume tossed. Employers are looking for easy-to-read, professional and to-the-point resumes.
Customizing your resume is definitely a must do when applying to jobs. Keep the customization to highlighting your talents and experience and away from the bright neon paper in your printer.