This blog is written by Lauren, our Campus Ambassador at Binghamton University. She is studying Political Science and Business Management and will graduate in May 2014.
As second semester begins to start up, you may be starting on your internship or job search for the summer or next fall. Hopefully you have chosen a number of places at which you would like to work. The next step is to write your résumé for these positions. You might be thinking that you have only done a certain amount things in your life, so one résumé should be sufficient enough for all your applications. This is where the people who get hired separate from the pack. Tailoring your résumé to the job you’re applying for is key and will help you secure the internship or job of your dreams.
So at this point you might be thinking, “How can I change my résumé if I’ve only done x, y, and z?” It’s as simple as choosing that statement piece of jewelry to spice up your outfit. You may be wearing the same basic outfit, or in this case dealing with the same basic set of clubs, internships, and jobs, but you have to find a way to make it stand out for the new job or internship application.
For instance, let’s say you are the president of your sorority or fraternity. This is an unchangeable fact. What you can change, however, is how you present this information on a résumé. Applying for a communications job? Discuss how you communicate with your organization members and emphasize your ability to relay information effectively. Applying for a legal position? Discuss how being president entails you to understand all the rules that your national organization has created and how you enforce them. Applying for a marketing job? Discuss how you’ve led campaigns to make your name more known on campus. Applying at a non-for-profit organization? Discuss the philanthropy campaigns that you have led, coordinated, or participated in.
This approach of tweaking position descriptions and highlighting what is most relevant to the job at hand applies to anything you’ve done in your life. It is all about looking at the job descriptions and remembering what aspects of your past or present jobs, internships, and clubs relate most directly to what the company is looking for in a new hire or intern. Even though rewriting your résumé may seem annoying, redundant, and time consuming, different companies will hopefully recognize your efforts to tailor your résumé to what they are looking for and you will land the internship or job of your dreams!