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Sounds like a strange question, but many job hunters have two or more resumes. Why? If you’ve been job hunting for any length of time, then you’ve probably received a call from a headhunter asking for a revised resume with a few “tweaks” (and he/she needs it within the hour). The requested revision is usually to highlight some experience or skill that is not clearly (or prominently) presented in
Whether or not you should have multiple resumes and how many resumes you have depends on the diversity of your experience and the length (as in the number of years) of your experience.Tweet This
Whether or not you should have multiple resumes and how many resumes you have depends on the diversity of your experience and the length (as in the number of years) of your experience.
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Now that we’ve determined that it’s not unusual to have several
To avoid the pressure of having to revise
To give some background, it would be useful to review CareerAlley’s A Simple Step by Step Guide to a Building the Perfect Resume
“You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that
your resumeis the most important document in your job search(because it is). But if you want to stand out from the competition, you need more than a great looking resume. In the end, only qualified candidates will get called for an interview.”
Why You Need More Than One
- New Industry: Maybe you’re in the communications department of a big
retailstore and now you are considering a similar position at an Internet startup. Your Internet startup resumewill focus on different skills than if you were looking to stay in retail.
- New College Degree: Suppose you just finished your college degree at night while working during the day. If your college undergraduate degree is in a major that is different than your work experience, you will want a second
resumethat focuses on your major.
- New Position: You’ve decided to change to a different career. Maybe you were in social work before and now you want to become a teacher. Whatever the change, a new
resumewill definitely be required.
- 5 Helpful Resume Tips – This article provides a few great resume tips to help you make a great impression so that you’ll get that job
interviewand the chance to present your skills in greater depth. No matter how many versions you have, your resumemust include only the skills and experience that you have.
- 7 Top Sites for Free Resume Templates and Advice – It’s easier to start with a template than from scratch. This post provides a wealth of information on
resumetemplates and advice. The post includes links to resumesamples (arranged by occupation, format and “problem”), career resources, resumeguide and more.
- The Resume Revolution – Resume Guide – This comprehensive guide covers every aspect of creating a winning
resumefrom experts in the field. This guide outlines the three main types of resumes, exploring when to use them and where you can find relevant templates and samples.
- Bestsampleresume.com – Thanks to a reader for bringing this website to my attention. The site has some basic information, followed by a very long list of
resumesamples by profession. There are links to a resumewriting guide, resumetips and a resume blog.
- Is One Resume Enough? Multiple Resumes Take Work, But Can Payoff – Another article regarding multiple resumes, this post provides some tips on how and when to use them of multiple