When customizing your resume template, there are steps to take that will make the process easier and faster. Most people will say they don’t know where to start when tailoring a template. You start at the top of course. If you systematically go through the template, you will be sure to cover all your bases.
That being said, you want to update the areas that will take less time first. For example, you should change the template dummy name to your name first. Then, save the document as your name. This means, the resume template will go from John Jobseeker to Jason Williams (or whatever your real name is). When you save the template under your name, it will make it easy for employers to identify it as yours.
Don’t just save it as “Resume” or “Resume 2020”. If you have multiple resumes, consider adding a number, year or job title to your document name. For example, Jason Williams 1, Jason Williams 2, Jason Williams Resume, Jason Williams 2018, Jason Williams Tech Resume, Jason Williams CSR, Jason Williams CSR Resume. Make sense?
After changing the name on the resume and updating the file name to your name, you should then update section by section. For example, your contact information. It is very important that this is all accurate. How will a prospective employer reach you if the contact information is incorrect? They will move on to the next job candidate’s resume for sure.
Update and Save Your Resume Template as Your Name
Always change the name/title of your customized cover letter and resume. For example, if you are using our Ginger Resume Template, open the document and click Save As. When the save window pops up, save the document as your first and last name. This will keep the original Ginger template the same and allow you to use it again.
Customize Your Template Sections
- Change the contact information, i.e., the name, address, phone number, email and where applicable, your social handles and photo.
- Change the objective, profile and summary to match your own experience.
- Change the skills and education sections to match your skills and education.
- Change the work experience dates, locations, company names, job titles and job descriptions to fit your professional experience
- For each template, go to the bottom of the page and press Enter until you see a second page. Double click into the header and change the Jobseeker name to your name.
Customize Your Resume to Fit Job Description
You probably hear it very frequently, that you should customize your resume to fit a job description. Many job seekers scratch their head on this one. Should you customize every single resume you send out? If yes, how do you go about doing that?
Let’s start with the basics. If your career path has been in IT as a Help Desk Technician, more than likely, your resume will have keywords that align with that position. However, if you are changing career paths, this will not be the case.
A simple way to tailor your resume to fit job descriptions is to make sure your past jobs match up with the job you are applying for. If this is not possible, then add appropriate keywords into your most recent position that could be transferable to the job you want.
You have always worked as a Help Desk Tech and you are applying for Help Desk Tech positions. This is an easy one. All you have to do is include keywords from the target/ desired job posting into your resume. This will also ensure your resume comes up in recruiter searches when they type in those keywords.
If you are leaving IT and going into Healthcare, you want to use keywords from your Help Desk experience that could be helpful in the Healthcare industry. Customer service is basic business skill utilized across all industries. As a Help Desk Tech, you certainly came in contact with many customers. As a Healthcare employee, you would be offering excellent customer service to patients. It all depends on the specific roles and the nature of your experience.
Customize Resume for Each Position?
Now comes the big question. Should you be doing this for every single job? Ideally yes, but if you are applying for several jobs on a daily basis, this could be time consuming and leave you burnt out. In this case, it is suggested that you only do detail customizing for the jobs you are EXTREMELY interested in.
Here is a simple way to customize your resume for all or the top job postings. Update your Objective, Summary or Profile to include the specific position title, company name or the industry. Take a look below for samples.
Professional Logistics and Inventory Coordinator with expertise in packaging and auditing seeks a similar role with ABC Logistics to provide immediate growth contribution to a rewarding company.
- Dynamic leader of software development teams offering 11 years of IT experience managing multi-million dollar, mission-critical projects.
- Skilled in all phases of the software development life-cycle; expert in translating business requirements into technical solutions; and fanatical about quality, usability, security and scalability.
Account Management expert with over ten years’ experience in customer service, inside sales and portfolio analysis. Strengths include superior communication, strong organizational capabilities, excellent rapport building, efficient time management, tactful negotiating and resourceful problem resolution techniques.
In the examples above, all you have to do is change the company name (Objective example), the industry (Summary example) and the job title (Profile example). Overall, the rest of your resume should be pretty consistent if you are applying for jobs that match your experience.
The resume templates we offer on our site already include industry and title keywords. If you need additional help check out our Job Search Package. It includes additional ways to customize your resume so it will stand out above other job candidates.
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