Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP
Depending on where you have acquired your professional experience, a resume might be a document you have never written before. Perhaps you are more familiar with the Curriculum Vitae, commonly known as a C.V.
In Canada, the C.V. is usually reserved for faculty positions such as Assistant Professor or Research Associate. For any positions outside the Faculty world, you are expected to present your skills and professional experience in the form of a resume.
A resume is a 1-2 page document that highlights the academic training, skills and work experience that are relevant to the position you are targeting. RELEVANT is the key word you need to remember.
Throughout your resume you must answer the following question:
How do your skills, training and experience relate to this position?
You have to prove you have previously performed the tasks, functions and responsibilities you will be required to accomplish in the position you are targeting, and you have to describe how well you have done it in the past.
For every job application you submit, you are expected to answer the question “How your skills, training and experience address this position? ” which means there is not a one-size-fits-all resume.
Yes, you need to craft a customized resume every time you apply for a specific position.
Yes, resume writing can be a time-consuming activity.
Yes, there a strategy I can suggest to make this task easier.
Follow this Strategy: Draft a Master Resume
A master resume gathers all your skills, accomplishments, experience and training in one place. This can be a long document depending on all the experience and accomplishments you have accumulated throughout your professional career.
This is not a waste of time. You can post this resume on sites such as Monster where you are not targeting a particular position. Also, you can use this resume as a start point to customize the ones you will use for specific job applications. Remember that your customized resume includes only the skills, training and experience RELEVANT to the position you are applying to.
Need More Help? Contact Your Employment Consultant
Your Employment Consultant can provide valuable feedback for your master resume. To benefit from the knowledge and experience your Employment Consultant possesses, make sure you provide them with your draft customized resume and the description of the position you want to apply to.
You might have to invest a considerable amount of time when you write your first resumes, but with practice, it will become second nature in no time.