Most of the resumes I see seem to be of same person. I can not distinguish between two resumes. So, resume format you downloaded is not good enough, you need to customize it. Although it’s cumbersome to customize your resume, it’s worth the effort, particularly when applying for jobs that are a perfect match for your qualifications and experience.
Target Your Resume
The easiest way to target your resume (without rewriting the whole resume) is to include a Summary of Qualifications, a Profile or Career Highlights section at the top of your resume.
Compare the job description with your resume. Take the experience, credentials, and education that best match the job and responsibilities description and include them in the Summary of Qualifications section at the top of your resume. Then list your relevant assignments in reverse chronological order, just like you would on a traditional resume.
Use of keywords to Customize Resume
One more option for customizing your resume is to inject keywords in to your resume so your skills and experience is as close a match as possible to the job description or job requirements.
Cut and Trim a Resume
In case you’re struggling to cut down your “big” resume, start by creating an inventory of your accomplishments and work activities, listing your responsibilities and your achievements in great detail. Your inventory document might span as many as three or four pages. Include a diverse spectrum of skills that have led to successes in each role.
Shortlist each job that you are considering to showcase based on statements that correspond most closely to the requirements for that particular position.
Add Information Online
In this age of digital profiles hiring managers are interested in your detailed history of employment, what your colleagues and bosses have to say about you. And of course, it’s always a good idea to share information with hiring managers who want a bigger picture of your background and qualifications. You must develop a full LinkedIn profile or personal website that will provide additional details about your background including work samples and recommendations.