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Resume Guide; Practical Tips For Tailoring a Resume!

By LAURA TORRES posted 08-27-2023 01:02 PM


Blue Star Careers - Tailoring a Resume Guide

Tailoring your resume involves customizing it to highlight your qualifications, skills, and experiences most relevant to the job you are applying for. Here are some steps to help you tailor your resume effectively:

  • Review the job description: Carefully read and analyze the job description for the position you are applying for. Identify the “key” skills, qualifications, and experience requirements mentioned in the job posting.

  • Identify relevant keywords: Pay attention to the keywords and phrases in the job description. These are often the skills or qualifications that the employer values most. List these keywords, as they will help you tailor your resume later.

  • Assess your qualifications: Take a close look at your qualifications, skills, and experiences. Identify those that closely match the requirements mentioned in the job description. This could include specific technical skills, years of experience, certifications, or relevant accomplishments.

  • Customize your resume summary/objective: Your resume summary or "objective" is the first section employers read, so tailor it to match the job you are applying for. Highlight your relevant experience and skills concisely and compellingly.

  • Customize your skills section: Create a skills section in your resume that explicitly highlights the skills mentioned in the job description. Include hard skills (technical abilities) and soft skills (interpersonal and communication). Rearrange the order of skills to prioritize the most relevant ones.

  • Modify your work experience: Focus on your work experience that closely aligns with the job requirements. Highlight your accomplishments and responsibilities that demonstrate your relevant skills and achievements. Use action verbs and quantifiable results where possible.

  • Include relevant keywords: Sprinkle the keywords you identified earlier throughout your resume, particularly in the skills, summary, and work experience sections. This can help your resume get noticed by applicant tracking systems (ATS) and hiring managers.

  • Tailor your education section: If you have limited work experience, emphasize your educational qualifications, coursework, projects, or research relevant to the job you're applying for. Include any relevant certifications or professional development courses as well.

  • Consider the format and design: Ensure that the overall "format," design, and structure of your resume are clean, professional, and easy to read. Use bullet points, headings, and subheadings to organize information effectively. Consider using a resume template that suits your industry or job type.

  • Proofread and edit: Once you have tailored your resume, review it carefully to ensure it is error-free and well-polished. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes, consistency in formatting, and overall clarity. Having someone else review your resume for a fresh perspective is also helpful.

Tailoring your resume doesn't mean fabricating information or exaggerating your qualifications. It's about strategically presenting the most relevant aspects of your background to increase your chances of getting an interview.

Do You Need Additional Support? We can connect you ~ Blue Star Careers offers multiple options to optimize your resume. 

Join our Blue Star Community in the Neighborhood, access our DIY Kits under our Resource Library, and review multiple samples. You can also contact BSFCareers by emailing [email protected] or posting a request to our discussion forum, "Title of your request and attach your resume." - Review additional partner recommendations for resume support. 

1 comment



08-28-2023 11:20 PM

This is helpful, thank you. I located the resume sample in the resource library, and It was very helpful.