4 kinds of resumes

How to use 4 different kinds of documents to introduce yourself

Most people start a job search with writing resumes.  But that is the last step before the interview!

Better is to update your LinkedIn and other Profiles, then update your CV, then skip a generic resume, then write the specific resume for the companies you have researched.

You also need more casual ways to introduce yourself.

And you need to know which words to use in each of these.

What words describe and show what you can and want to do next? Do you have a list with all the synonyms?  Is it sorted by Want to Use In My Next Job to Never Want to Use Again? Don’t use the “never” words if you can help it.

Use them to write your casual stories and your dragon-slaying tales.  Use them in your Profiles and CV.

Then do the research on the companies you want to work in.  What words do they use to talk about the problems they are working on.  Do you own these words too?

If all you have is a position description and have not spoken with someone currently working on the problem they need to hire to solve, then use the words in the position description – it may help you get through the “black hole” of the applicant tracking system.

When you have notes from the conversations you have had with the person working on that company’s current problem, you have the keywords for your resume for that particular job.  You will be in front of the rest of the applicants because you “speak the same language” as the hiring manager.

4 kinds of introductory documents:

  • Profiles (LinkedIn and Associations)
  • CV
  • Generic resume
  • Specific resume for a specific company

You can get by with just the first and last and really, truly, don’t waste your time polishing up the generic one.

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