Creating a one page resume or Debut to preview your job qualifications may be just what you need when you are networking and presenting a brief synopsis of your job skills in anticipation of an interview.
Chances are that the person whom you are networking with knows a bit about your background already and your previous skills are specifically tied to the job that you are interested in but your resume exposes too much information about your past experience that is not relevant to this particular job.
These situations will happen more frequently as more applicants are applying to positions that aren’t specifically in their field. Highlighting transferrable skills that you do have in relation to the job posting is very relevant. This will cut back on excessive skills listed in your resume that have no relevance leading to a longer, harder to read resume.
Tip #1: Using text boxes within your document can highlight specific and most relevant skills to the potential employer. Limit text boxes to 1 or 2 and add shadow, color.
Tip#2: Use bolded text on job title job description specific phrases such as:
‘Employment Specialist’ and ‘Demonstrated presentation skills.’ Yet add to that stating what your specific skill entailed such as: Created and presented multiple customer service training modules for entry level applicants.
Tip#3: Treat it like a real resume. Be sure to add your qualifications in bullet style in a ‘speaking style’ that pertain specifically to the requirements while leaving a good amount of white space in the document.
This style of resume is a Debut Style resume and can be used to present to hiring managers that have access to further details about you through your connections. It may also be used at Job Fairs as handouts while explaining to the representative that you will be applying to the position (online if their position is posted on their website) using your formal resume.
You may be asking: ‘Why should I do this at all?’ This is why:
It is easier for your contact or connection to approach the hiring staff with a resume that is extremely targeted toward the position rather than hand over an overworked, formal but generic style resume that hiring staff have to sift through and ‘guess’ at your transferrable skills.
A position specific resume, no matter what format, show your dedication to the position.