How Can He Sharpen His Resume’s Focus


Steve writes:
A friend who works in HR told me my resume is unfocused and too generic. How can I make it more focused?


The Career Doctor responds:
Here are ways to consider sharpening the focus of your resume:

  • Use a branding statement or headline or both atop your resume.
  • Add a profile/qualifications summary with keywords relevant to the job you seek.
  • Add a keyword section relevant to the job you seek.
  • Beef up portrayal of accomplishments and transferable skills. Be sure to spotlight
    skills that apply to what you want to do next.
  • Use our Cover Letter and Resume Customization Worksheet to help you sharpen your focus.
  • For college students and new grads: Consider adding class projects in your major
    (or other classes) that are applicable to what you want to do upon graduation.

Riskier options for sharpening your focus:

  • Consider a chrono-functional format. Organize your resume around skills
    clusters that directly apply to the job you seek.
  • Use an objective statement.

Read more in our
Frequently Asked Questions About Resumes: The Complete Resume FAQ and Your Job-Search Resume Needs a Focal Point:
How Job-Seekers Can Add Focus to Resumes
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