A recent post by one of my colleagues just made me shake my head. Here is the comment …
“Customizing your resume for each position you apply to can be critical in today’s job search.”
If you are changing your resume every time you send it out, that tells me that you have:
You don’t know what you want so you’re willing to be anything or all things to all people … rather than being well-positioned from what you do best and most enjoy doing.
You have no idea who your target audience is or who needs the skill sets you bring to the table so therefore, any company and every company is fair game. But, that often leads to a protracted search and the increased chances of landing in a place that isn’t a good fit for you or for the company.
A flawed strategy
Your job search strategy is primarily, or solely, comprised of searching for posted positions and then firing off your resume to anything and everything that looks like it could be a fit. With fingers crossed and the “right” re-tweaking, you send off your resume and then sit back and wait. And wait. And wait. Did your resume really go to the proverbial “black hole” rather than to the desk of HR? It’s a flawed strategy.
At the Chief Financial Officer level, customizing your resume for every position should not be necessary. Your marketable value proposition (MVP) and messaging to a targeted audience should be so crystal clear that “resume” revisions for every position are simply not required.