- If your job targets are similar, you might do very well with only one resume. Think about whether or not the positions are intricately linked, requiring the same or similar skills, experience, training or personal attributes. If you decide the objectives are similar, use a tagline at the top of the resume that includes each job title. On your Military.com resume, the Title section is a good place to include your goals. For example: "Director of Procurement/Commodity Manager."
- If your job targets are unrelated and would be considered distinct positions, you would probably be more successful with a different resume for each goal. A great way to decide how many resumes you need is to do a job search on Military.com/Careers. Enter the keywords for your job titles and see how employers list the positions. If they always come up under separate listings, then you need separate resume versions.
Are you torn between two or more career directions? Thinking about returning to a former career? Are you multitalented with the potential to perform more than one role? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you need to examine your resume strategy. Many job seekers who are pursuing more than one objective make the mistake of preparing a one-size-fits-all resume. These resumes often include vague, objective statements: "Seeking a challenging position with potential for growth and advancement in a team-friendly environment." The problem with this approach is that the hiring manager may get confused about your objective, or frustrated that the key information needed to make a decision is buried within the resume. The Solution If you have more than one career goal, the best strategy is to develop multiple resumes that target your different objectives. Why Should I? The most effective resumes focus on specific career goals. Hiring managers are busy and often process hundreds of resumes. They have a job opening and are looking for a candidate who meets their criteria. Resumes that appear to solve their problems will get a closer look, and the ones that are unfocused are often discarded. Did you ever receive a promotional sales letter but were unsure about what the company was actually selling? If the marketer's message is unclear, the campaign is likely to be unsuccessful. The same goes for your resume, which is really just a sales piece designed to market your credentials. To maximize the success of your resume campaign, your resume needs to address the needs of your potential employer. How Do I Determine If I Need More than One Resume?
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