Do I Need Multiple Versions Of My Resume?

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It’s a common question.  Do I need multiple versions of my resume? 

This is an important issue to discuss because a lot of professionals tend to develop a background in at least three, or even more, thematic work areas as time and their careers progress. In this article, we show both sides of the equation and the reasoning behind them. 

Spoiler alert:  The short answer is no but let’s discuss all angles.

In modern business practices, job seekers develop a wide range of skills and experiences. It is competitive out there and staying ahead of the game requires diversification. For example, some job applicants have worked in human resources, communications, and event planning. 

“The quote I got from XYZ Resume Writers which says I need 3 different resumes and to focus on one specialization to keep the resume simple. Do I really need multiple versions of my resume?”

This perspective and business model is, more times than not, a reflection of the individual writer’s underdeveloped skill set.  It takes finesse to really shape the context of a work history into a professional format with high success rates.

So, can HR, Communications, and Event Planning all be covered in a single resume? 

We believe in a resounding YES. A professional resume writer with extensive years of experience can formulate diverse history into a keyword-rich resume that exceeds expectations.

It’s not what you’ve done in the past, but rather the direction you plan to go next.

There are always transferable skills that help ease the transition and bridge roles.

A written format that highlights all the skills acquired in these roles and draws a bigger picture directed towards the roles you are aiming for. 

Without the resume reading as cluttered and indigestible to the reader’s eye.

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It’s about streamlining without losing focus on keywords. It’s about representing your assets with varying themes and keeping it tidy.

Plus, it is time-consuming to keep modifying a major chunk of your resume just to highlight focus. Why pay a writer to create a product which you then have to babysit and micro manage?

All this is assuming you are maintaining your current career path. 

Now, if you’re jumping entire industries or career fields then, yes, perhaps it may be necessary to have more than one resume in your toolkit.

For example, you started out as a roofer and then became a builder and later moved into sales of roofing products. As part of your role, you were very involved in a new software implementation and you’ve decided to go into IT. That sort of transition requires a finely-tuned eye to keep the right content, and minimize or eliminate the (less) valuable content…. relating directly to how the resume performs for you.

Additionally, If there’s too much going on it can be difficult for recruiters to judge whether you are actually good at the role they want you to perform. Again, a really strong resume writer will help direct the keywords and content to be heavy in the direction you want to go.

That being said, if you are looking to change career paths, Power Writers USA is here to help reshape your resume for success across your entire search. Feel free to connect with us for a free consultation and resume review.

Remember, the name of the game is algorithms and ATS filters, which is everybody’s challenge right now.  The past few years, formatting styles have changed and with that in mind, we’d love to take a look at what specifics points our team can do to improve the impact your resume makes across all your ideal job prospects.

Generational Patterns – Looking ahead at 2020

Whether you’re just beginning your career or considering a change in your professional workplace, 2020 looks to be a promising year for job seekers across the country.  According to The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, projections are showing 20.5 million new jobs will be added in 2020 with an additional 5.5 million replacement jobs becoming available. Many of which resulting from baby boomer retirements.

Consistent Increase in Baby Boomer Retirements.

Did you know that in most recent population projections from the U.S Census Bureau, millennials are projected to overtake boomers in the workforce by 2021?  As one generation nestles into retirement, we’re seeing the balance tip towards new job opportunities for Americas 20-35-year-old professionals.

Is High Education the Only Way?

When our team reviewed job postings by title and education attainments, the stats reflected a relatively fair split across all matters of educational achievements.

  • 35 percent will require at least a Bachelors degree.
  • 30 percent will require some college or an Associate degree.
  • 35 percent not requiring education beyond high school.

In addition, the data also reflected that among the fasted growing occupations the highest-paid do require higher levels of education.  

Relating back to The US Bureau of Labor Statistics findings; among the 30 fastest growing and highest-paid occupations are Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists with a 41.2 percent projected increase in 2020 and Biomedical Engineers with a 61.7 percent projected increase in 2020. Both of these occupations require a Bachelor’s degree for almost all entry-level positions.

See the full list here https://www.bumc.bu.edu/gms/files/2012/02/Top-30-fastest.pdf 

Cause & Effect

Does this data link back to the high-volume retirements of boomer-aged professionals? Consider how the aging population requires a greater focus on health issues which drive demand for better medical devices, equipment, data analysts and sales forces. Seems to us like a societal representation of cause and effect in its truest form.

At any rate, there’s never been a better time to review your cover letter, resume and LinkedIn profile to consider what professionally written updates can be made to land you in front of a great opportunity in 2020.

Every career change is unique and our team at Power Writers Canada is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, and LinkedIn Profile Updates.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!