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How to Easily Tailor Your Resume

The Grind: TeamSugar User Career Tip You Can't Miss

When you're job searching and sending out countless resumes, tailoring your resume for each job can make an already daunting task even more overwhelming. But it's important to tweak your resume and give the impression that you're the perfect fit, and besides, what's the point in sending a resume that's not the best it can be? You're already taking the time to apply for a job, but sending in an incomplete resume makes that effort a likely waste of time. Discover how one TeamSugar user handles tailoring her resume when you

The other day lemonfizz left this comment that I had to share with you all in case you missed it.

I have two Word files, one that has every job I've ever had chronologically and one that has jobs by job family. I just copy and paste and make a new resume every time I apply for a new job. It's really fast, I promise.

Her technique surely keeps things organized and it's a seamless way to tailor resumes without making each one a time-consuming project. Thanks for sharing your smart career tip, lemonfizz!

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almostloli almostloli 8 years
i do this too! :D i have two files, each for different industry
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
You are all so organized. Thanks for the tips.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 9 years
I do this as well but I take it a step further. I've also typed out rough answers to common interview questions to review before I go in for the one-on-one. It helps keep the answers fresh so I'm not grappling for the first thing that comes to mind and later regretting not having said something. I also keep a reference word doc with updated contact information.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great tip.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Great suggestions! I have always tailored my resume for the particular job. I would never lie, but I like to highlight my skills in a different way depending on the job.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
I do something similar. I keep a document with categorized resume "building blocks" that lumps together specific skills, jobs, education, etc. that would be appropriate for an industry. So when I'm putting together a resume, I just copy and paste.
lizs lizs 9 years
I do something similar, but I've got four files - a pretty, formatted one that is a single page and another that's got all my jobs in it (Word docs that easily become PDFs, depending on what's requested) and two plaintext versions for the awful online submission process. I hate cutting and pasting into those forms, but at least my info will be comprehensible.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Great idea, I have my resumes for the industry I want to apply in but this is another twist. Thanks!
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