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Tailor Your Resume to the Job Description

Tailoring your resume to the type of job you are targeting in your job search can help you stand out from other applicants.

When you find a job announcement that interests you, it should provide specific information about the position and the education, qualifications and experience you need to be a competitive candidate for the job.

Use the job announcement as a tool to assist you in tailoring your resume when you apply for the job. Before you start adjusting your resume, read the description several times to understand the requirements of the position and the type of candidate the company is looking for. You may also consider talking to your contacts in the field, or people you know who work for the company, to get more information about the job or the employer.

Take notes as you read the job announcement and list the words or phrases that describe your experiences and skills. Using the key words and phrases you identified, tailor your resume to the job announcement to show the employer how your experiences and skills closely match the qualifications required for the position. By taking these steps, you make it easy for a hiring manager to see you’re a great fit for the position.

Use additional resources like Using Keywords to Boost Your Resume to learn more about tailoring your resume to the job description. Remember, you’ll need to use a federal resume format if you are applying for federal positions.

If you have additional questions about completing your resume, review the Resume Toolkit on MySECO. Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to speak with a SECO career coach or use the Live Chat feature on MySECO for additional guidance.

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