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Why Creating Multiple Versions of Your Resume Works

July 14, 2021

It is true that there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” resume. In today’s technology-driven recruiting landscape, applicant tracking systems (or ATS) paired with high competition in many talent pools makes tailoring your resume to each opportunity necessary. If you are searching for multiple job titles that require different skills, qualities or qualifications, it might be helpful to create multiple core resume types for each job title, tailoring each as you apply. In this article, we’ll cover the difference between tailoring your resume and creating multiple core versions, how to know if you need multiple versions of your resume, and how to create another version of your resume with examples.

Customizing vs. different versions

Having multiple versions of your resume is different than tailoring your resume for a specific job application. Different employers will require different qualifications, skills and experience—even for the same job title. Making adjustments to your resume based on details in the job posting makes it more relevant to employers and gives you the best chances of standing out in the candidate pool. Indeed data shows that job seekers spend one hour on average revising or updating their resume before applying to a job posting.

Having multiple versions of your resume means creating a “core” resume for each job title or skillset in your job search. For example, you may be open to both software engineer and data scientist positions. These are two different roles that require specific skills and experience. In this case, you should have one resume for software engineering and one for data science. You can then revise and tailor the right core resume to fit the job description. Doing so can make your job search more efficient, leading to better outcomes more quickly.

How to know when you need more than one version of your resume

Before making multiple versions of your resume, it’s important to consider whether it's necessary for your job search. Here are a few instances in which having multiple versions of your resume may be beneficial:

  • You have held both individual contributor and people manager positions, and are open to either.

  • You are in a hybrid role performing the functions of two separate positions. For example, you may be a human resources generalist who also does full-cycle recruiting. In this example, you would be qualified for a human resources generalist and a recruiting role.

  • You’ve gained several transferable skills in your position, and are open to other, relevant roles. For example, a customer service representative may be qualified for a sales role based on the overlapping soft skill requirements.

  • You’re seeking a career transition into a new vertical, but are open to opportunities in both the new vertical and your current job title.

Tip: A good question to ask yourself when deciding whether you need multiple versions of your resume is, "Am I qualified for two different roles and am I open to either of them?"

If you’re looking for a role within the same career track, while it’s important to tailor your resume for each posting, there’s no reason to have multiple “core” versions of your resume.

How to create another version of your resume

Once you’ve decided it’s appropriate to have multiple versions of your resume, spend some time reading four to five job descriptions for each job title/s you want to create a core resume for. Doing so will help you gain a good understanding of common requirements, qualifications and skills.

In the following segment, we’ll explore each section of your resume and ways you might consider adapting them when creating new core resume types. For the examples below, we will use a job seeker who is currently working as a customer service representative but is also open to sales positions.

Adjust your summary

A resume summary statement is a two- to three-sentence introduction at the top of your resume that highlights your most valuable skills and experiences. The resume summary can help employers quickly learn whether you have the skills and background they require.

In this section, you should highlight the skills and qualifications that are specific and relevant to the position. You can find out which of these the employer values most by carefully studying job descriptions for each role.

Example for customer service representative resume

Customer service representative with 3+ years of experience working with clients through resolving complex customer inquiries and complaints. Passionate about helping customers navigate products and services, increasing customer loyalty and driving brand loyalty.

Example for sales representative resume

Sales and customer service professional seeking sales representative opportunities. 3+ years of experience resolving complex customer inquiries, upselling and cross-selling products when appropriate and increasing customer loyalty in a fast-paced call center environment.

Read more: Writing a Resume Summary (With Examples)

Add relevant skills

The skills section of your resume shows employers you have the qualities and technical abilities required to succeed in the role. Often, employers pay special attention to the skills section of your resume to determine if you should move on to the next step of the hiring process.

This is an opportunity to highlight soft and hard skills specific to the job title you’re applying for. You may consider including any education you’ve taken up in your own time, such as training or courses, in this section.

Example for customer service representative resume

Customer service skills: Adaptability | Efficient problem solving | Patience | Consistency | Written and verbal communication

Technical skills: JIRA | HTML | Salesforce

Example for sales representative resume

Sales representative skills: Lead qualification | Closing skills | Sales presentations and demos | Relationship building | Critical thinking | Self-motivated

Technical Skills: JIRA | HTML | Salesforce

Training: The Art of Sales: Mastering the Selling Process (2019), Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills (2020)

Read more: How To List Your Skills On A Resume (With Template and Examples)

Tailor your work experience

The work experience section of your resume shows the hiring manager whether you have the necessary skills and experience to succeed in the role you’re applying for. This section should showcase your main responsibilities as well as accomplishments to distinguish you from other applicants. This section is also an opportunity to showcase the relevant impact you’ve made in previous roles.

When creating the experience section for your resumes, consider emphasizing the experience that is most transferable to each position. Because recruiters typically only spend a few seconds reading over resumes, it is best to ensure they are absorbing the information that’s going to be most relevant to that role.

Example for customer service representative resume

TRADELOT, Customer Service Representative Jan 2017 - Present

  • Resolve 300+ customer complaints per week via phone and email, consistently exceeding targets
  • Pioneer development of improved system for following up with unsatisfied customers, reducing customer churn by 6%
  • Train and mentor 4 new employees on conflict resolution, JIRA, and Salesforce CRM
  • Propose more efficient call script to reduce average customer handling time, which was well-received and implemented by management
  • Achieve 97% average customer satisfaction rating to date, surpassing team goal by 12%

Example for sales representative resume

TRADELOT, Customer Service Representative. Jan 2017 - Present

  • Engage with 300+ customers per week, building rapport as a personable and trusted representative
  • Consistently achieve 120% monthly upselling quota, generating ~100K in annual revenue
  • Employed market research to successfully generate new leads for upselling by conducting cold calling (~25/day) and email prospecting (~50/day)
  • Participate in sales training events and conferences to continuously develop skills and gain product knowledge
  • Train and mentor 4 new employees on conflict resolution, JIRA, and Salesforce CRM

Read more: How To Include Work Experience on Your Resume

Additional resume tips

Include relevant projects

If you’ve completed any personal projects to help you stand out amongst the competition, consider adding a ‘Projects’ section to your resume. This section can be helpful to show off skills that were created outside of your work experience. For example, if one of the roles you’re applying for requires more technical skills that you developed in your own time, showcase them in your ‘Projects’ section.

Template:

[Project name], [Date completed]
[Skills utilized in project]

  • [Description of project]
  • [Results of project, if applicable]
  • [Link to project, if applicable]

Stay organized

Applying for more than one job title/role can take more time and organization. Consider staying organized by dedicating time to search and apply for one role at a time vs. looking for all opportunities at once. For example, if you’re interested in software development and product management jobs, block off one hour to search and apply to software development roles, and one hour to search and apply to product management roles. This can help your job search feel focused and structured.

Consider keeping a list of the companies and positions you’ve applied to. This way, if a recruiter reaches out to you for an interview, you know which role it’s regarding. Indeed for Chrome is a free app that helps you manage the status of your job applications on Indeed and other sites across the web. It knows when to save your jobs, the jobs you applied to and even jobs that you interviewed and got hired for within one location.

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