Before we even get started I realise on the front end that I am in the minority on the topic presented in this blog post but I really think that having more than one résumé is in most cases a horrible idea and is a complete waste of time. In my eyes the only exception is when a person in the know about a particular position asks you to tweak your résumé because they know what gets the hiring managers juices flowing and can hand deliver it to him.
Another One of the Worst Ideas Ever
This is the way that I look at it – if there are two candidates and one spends three months networking THE RIGHT WAY and the other spends three months customizing, submitting and then keeping up with every résumé he sends off I can guarantee that the first candidate (the one that networks) is going to have much better success than the second.
Consider the following:
- When you are facing hundreds and sometimes even thousands of qualified candidates for every position there is a good chance that your résumé will NOT EVEN BE LOOKED AT, no matter how customized your résumé is
- When you read any literature on how to land a job it always says that networking is the way to go and has over time shown itself to be the most consistent way to find a job
- If you have been out of work for (in some cases) even a short period, are switching careers, or don’t meet the qualifications exactly your résumé will more than likely not get looked at anyways so having an internal cheerleader via networking is the only way to go
- If you do research before you ever put your résumé together and have a good understanding of what the market in your industry / job function is calling for you can create ONE (not 10) documents that will cover 99% of the positions out there
If you will leave your résumé alone and spend more time on the phone and meeting people one on one I promise you that you will see an increase in positive activity in your search.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!