Steps of a Job Search- Step 5: Targeted 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.

In Steps of a Job Search- Step 3: Master Resumes, we went over the steps to create a master resume. In this post, we’ll go over how to use your master resume to create a targeted resume.

What is a targeted resume?

A targeted resume is a one or two page document that highlights your key skills, achievements, education, and past employment information. It tailors your experience for a particular job or industry.

Some examples:

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  • If you are applying to work as a gardener but don’t have much professional gardening experience, you could share examples of landscaping you’ve done for family and friends (or in your own yard) in a “Hobby” section on your resume.
  • If you are applying for a job in social services (for example: a teacher, personal aide, or for a non-profit), talk about your passion and history in a personal statement section (and in a cover letter), and make sure to include any relevant volunteer work to show you are a good fit in that field.  For instance, include experience such as volunteering in childcare at your church, but skimp on details about volunteering to clean dishes at the community pancake supper.
  • If you are interested in computer programing but do not have employment experience, share detailed information about the programing certificates you earned.

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