Traits of a Good Resume
Good resumés all have a few things in common, but there are ways to gear your resumé towards the job you are seeking to make it the best resumé for that particular application. Your boss or recruiter will see many resumés cross his or her desk from qualified candidates, but more often than not they will want someone especially fitting for that job. Lots of people apply to masses of jobs with only one resumé, so it pays to customize yours to show precisely why you are right for that job.
It is tempting to include all of your experience, especially the impressive bits. But know that your employer will be most impressed by your experience that it applies to the field at hand. So first, comb through your resumé and highlight the experience that corresponds directly to the job you are applying to. Next, sift through again and strike through all of the parts that have no relationship to the industry and particular job you are looking at. You will be left with information from the middle ground, that may or may not be relevant. Use your judgment and use a discriminating mind to pick the parts that will fit in the space you have. Learn to tailor your resumé and more here.
Here is a wise trick to make even your most impressive experience more relevant. Look at the job posting you are responding to, or at least the job description from the company’s website, and borrow a few words that characterize their ideal candidate. If they are looking for someone who is “well organized and charismatic,” highlight the parts of your old jobs that are evidence of your charisma and either taught you or displayed your organizational skills. If you are applying to a few similar jobs in one industry, look at a general job description, and respond to that.
The objective line of your resumé is a good chance to personalize your goals and make yourself stand out. It’s a place, to be honest about where you want to be or where you are going, and provide a testament of sorts that this job is meaningful to you in all sorts of ways. If you find that your honest objectives do not correspond readily to the areas you are applying to, you may want to reconsider the job fields that you are going for and reevaluate your genuine wants. Remember, it seems a rare situation but you will do the best and remain the happiest in a job you truly want to be in. Here is a decent and comprehensive article about how to reconcile what you do for a living with what you love to do.