This is a guest post by Jessica Holbrook.
How many of you can honestly say you know exactly what you want to be when you grow up?
Maybe you already have it figured out, and maybe you are already living and working it. If you are, does your resume know that?
I work with clients every day and speak to hundreds of job seekers every week that have no idea what they want to do. I ask “Well, what do you want to do?” Then I receive the blanket “I just need to feed my family” or “I just need a job – I don’t care what it is.”
I understand the current market and economy, but folks, no direction or focus for your career and job search is going to get you nowhere fast. When I look at your resume, the first three seconds I’m there I need to know who you are, what you do, and why you’re good at it.
I cannot find out those three things from an objective.
I cannot find that information in a generic and vague career summary.
I will not spend my time searching through an entire resume or reading all the way down to the work experience section before I can finally see what you did in your last job. Might I also add, that what you did in your last job does not necessarily tell me what you want to do in your next job.
Here are some practical tips to ensure your resume has a focus:
If you have really great expertise in more than one area, THERE IS NO LAW THAT SAYS YOU CAN ONLY HAVE ONE RESUME. Create more than one resume and have each focused in a different area of expertise. Communicate the value you bring in each area and what you are known for and how you excel.
You can either spend a little more time customizing each resume before you send it off to a potential employer or you can spend more time in your job search because you’re blasting out generic resumes. Personally, I’d rather show the employer that I’m interested and that I go the extra mile. Hiring managers will weed out the generic resumes and go straight for the focused resumes built around their open position.
There is too much competition right now people to be skating by on a generic resume. Are you having trouble developing a focused resume? Maybe you need a second opinion or are ready to have an expert take the reigns. View resume samples from expert resume writers or submit your resume for a free resume analysis to find out if your resume lacks focus.