A resume is a summary of your qualifications which serves as a tool to get an interview. There are different types of resumes for different jobs. However, one resume can be made to apply for different job opportunities. This is especially helpful if you are submitting your application to a company without necessarily applying only for one job position. The following tips could be of help:
- Before drafting a resume, decide what your career goal is, and gain as much knowledge and know-how as you can. Be very careful in being too specific stating your career goal, because it could limit the number of jobs that would fit in it. Don't focus too much on any particular field or industry. Instead, focus on professional growth, and include the fact that you want to be flexible in choosing from among work opportunities that are given to you.
- Finalize your resume with your skills and accomplishments supporting your career goal or job objective. When properly written, it could help get the attention of the prospective employer.
- List your work history starting from the most recent going backwards. This means listing the most recent job on top, as this will help describe your professional growth.
- Organizational memberships and involvements can be listed if they are related to your career or job goal. Otherwise, avoid writing any religious or political affiliation, even if you were actively involved.
- Include relevant awards or recognitions that you have received. These could be appropriate for the position advertised. Or at the very least, these would indicate how inclined you are to succeed in any given field.
- On the education portion, include your academic accomplishments, schools attended, courses taken and degrees. If the emphasis is on education, list this section ahead of your work history or work experience. If the emphasis is on work experience, list education last.
- Only relevant hobbies and aptitudes are listed.
- The content of your resume must focus on your career goal and objective.
- As for length, your resume should only consist of two pages, highlighting your accomplishments in accordance with your career objective.
- Height, weight, marital status, age, and other personal information are not usually necessary in a professional resume.
Your resume should be accompanied by a well written cover or transmittal letter. Both should be printed on a good quality paper using good quality ink. The cover letter speaks about why you are submitting your resume. It also gives a list of three personal references who can offer good recommendations to the prospective employer.
Writing a resume that would be fit for different career opportunities requires that you don't focus too much on describing your competencies and experience in just a few fields of interest or industry. Without being too specific about the particular position you are applying for, this gives hiring managers the flexibility to consider you for another vacancy or another job opportunity within the company. This affords you better chances at being hired.