Steps of a Job Search- Step 3: Master Resumes

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Searching for a job can be overwhelming, and it is often hard to know where to start. There are many things you need to do to create a resume and search for a job, but you can break down the process into manageable steps.

Our “Steps of a Job Search” series highlights these steps. As we go through, follow along with Patricia and Nate (our fictitious examples) to see how it works.


The first blog post (Step 1: Summarize your experience) asked you to make a list of your work and volunteer experience; degrees, certificates, awards; and skills and hobbies.

The second blog post (Step 2: Thinking about possible jobs) focused on generating a list of places you are interested in applying to work.

These exercises helped develop content for your resume. A resume is a document that organizes information for potential employers to review.

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The difference between a master and targeted resume

A master resume compiles ALL your experience in one place. You will not submit a master resume when you apply for jobs. Rather, your master resume provides information to pick and choose from when creating a more targeted resume for a specific job. Your master resume might be more than one or two pages, depending on how much experience you’ve had.

When you apply for a job, you submit a more targeted resume that is tailored to fit the position you are applying for. A targeted resume is a one or two page document that highlights your key skills, achievements, education, and past employment information.

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