How to Plan your Resume for Different Career Levels?
Have you been constantly seeking a job and unable to get one? Do you think that you have all the relevant skills but you are not able to show them properly? Have you got a comment like your skillset on the resume is according to the role you have applied for? If yes, then perhaps you are somewhere missing on impressing the HR manager with your resume.
If you are seeking a job, and have not been able to get one, then there can be several reasons around it. But if you feel that the HR Manager did not get to know about your skills, then perhaps you missed to impress them with your resume. And for the fact matters, the role you are applying for should have a relationship with the career level you are at. Hence, you need to creatively sketch your resume so that it can reflect the best of you.
Here is some advice to plan your resume for different career levels. Read them below and find the pro-tip at the end –
1. For Entry Level
An intelligent employer will know what they expect an employee applying for an entry-level job to be. They would not want you to be the master at your skills, but they would like to know if you have relevant interests in the job you are applying for. So, for an entry-level job, your resume should reflect your interests in the job you are applying for. Here, you can add your internships, volunteer experiences, community experiences, awards and recognitions, college clubs and activities, professional and personal achievements, and anything and everything that you feel makes you different and important.
2. Associate/ Mid Career Level
Mid Career level can be the level when you get more than 7-10 years of professional experience. At this point in time, you would perhaps be in a state where you would have defined your niche. At this point in time, your resume should be directive of your expertise balanced with core competencies and soft skills too. Here, what your resume should display is your learnings, your growth, your collaborative abilities, special projects, leadership instances, and performance excellencies.
3. Executive/ Director Level
This level is when you are already a learn-ed in your skills. In fact, you are one of the finest here. At this point in time, you would be having enough work experience to show your skills, and people won’t really doubt your skills. What they would want at this point will certainly for you to prove your managerial skills and leadership skills. For this level, you can add about your leadership abilities, high-performance team-making abilities, pear to pear collaborations, mentoring opportunities, employee development, strategizing abilities, and so on.
PRO TIP – When you see a job vacancy, do you just pick your resume PDF and send it with the relevant mail body? If yes, then perhaps this is where you are lacking. Customize your resume according to the job you are applying for. Especially for the entry-level and mid-career level, there can be instances where your employer will find more than one niches to be your interests. And if that is the case and if your resume is also reflecting this, then there can be a problem. So, every time you send in your resume, ensure that it only matches the requirements of the current job you are applying for. Customize it every time you send it.
So, these are the basics you should essentially keep in mind while planning for your resume at different career levels. We wish you all the luck in your career.
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