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One size does not fit all

October 25, 2021 by Kelly Kendall-Jones

One size does not fit all

My past couple of posts explored the exciting world of cover letters. Now that we’ve cracked the code on that topic, let’s dive into the fascinating, and sometimes contentious, realm of resume writing! If you’re still reading, you obviously want to work on yours – don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

Regardless of the format and style of your resume, all the experts agree, you need to tailor your resume for each job you apply for. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ resume just won’t cut it.

You’re going to want to tailor your resume to reflect your suitability for each role. So, it’s super important to review the job description and understand what the employer is looking for. To do this, ensure you use the keywords and specific phrases included in the job advert. Are they looking for a collaborative, time efficient person with exceptional communication skills?

Here’s an example…

You’ve been working casual waitressing jobs since high school, but you’ve got your eye on securing a role in a fabulous upmarket cafe which is about to open. Your resume is going to highlight your hospitality experience, and the skills you bring around customer service, team work, your ability to work under pressure in a busy environment, etc.

At the same time, you’re also looking to apply for upcoming graduate programs as you near the completion of your Business Administration degree (well done you!). In this case, you’ll need to adjust your resume to highlight what is most relevant for the grad positions you’re applying for. Which means, you’re not going to submit the same resume you did for the swanky café position. With me?

Even though your hospitality experience isn’t directly related to a business admin position, you still bring transferable skills which you can highlight. Your hospitality experience can show off your ability to work as part of a team, providing an excellent customer experience while working under time constraints and constant pressure, where excellent communication skills were paramount. Suddenly you’re ticking a whole bunch of boxes!

And here’s where I’ve got your back…

Curtin Careers provides instant feedback on your resume. Visit, use email to create an account, then upload your resume for immediate feedback with ratings and suggestions.

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