How to Tailor Your Resume to the Job You're Applying For

Learn how to tailor your resume to the job you're applying for from career expert Nicole Williams in this Howcast video.

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Having trouble finding a job? Let career strategist Nicole Williams help you with your job search. In these videos, Nicole tells you how to write a resume and a cover letter; how to prepare for an interview, including a phone interview; how to post your resume online; how to find a mentor; and much more. Don't miss her job interview do's and don'ts.

 
 

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Tailoring your resume for the job you're applying for is one of the most important things you're going to do. Every employer, for every opportunity that's out there, is going to be receiving hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes. So it's your job to make sure that this resume highlights specifically what kinds of experiences you have, what kind of skills you have, relative to the job you're applying for. I want you to go onto the website of every single company you're applying to. I want you to read the language. What kind of words do they use to describe their business? You want to use those words to describe the experiences you've had. Don't be worried about being a copy cat. This is actually a really important process so that the employer sees the match between you. It's your job to make that connection, so that the employer says, "Oh my gosh! Yes. You are the perfect person for this job." And the only way they're going to be able to do that is if you target your resume.

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  • Nicole Williams

    Nicole is the best-selling author of three books, the latest of which, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, has been optioned by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. The company she founded, WORKS by Nicole Williams, is the go-to resource for career-minded young women and was named one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Career Websites for Women. Nicole was recently named LinkedIn's Connection Director. She is also Shape magazine's career contributor, where she'll continue to spread her sexy mix of dating tips-turned-career strategies to young women everywhere.