Multiple Resumes


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How Many Resumes Does One Person Need?

So how many resumes does any one person need? It seems these days that you need a multitude of resumes in order to land the ideal job. Why will you need multiple resumes? In today’s job market you need every advantage you can get and that includes personalizing your resume to fit as many opportunities as possible.

Does this mean that you write a new resume every time you apply for a job? Does one size fit all or do you really need several formats? I would maintain that you do need at least a few basic types but you do not have to reinvent the wheel every time you want to apply for a job.

Types of Resumes You Need

  • General resume in functional format as a template. This is your basic resume that you will want to save as the template for all others. It is also the copy that you will provide to hiring managers in paper form. It is a functional style resume, not a chronological one. In fact you probably never need a chronological resume.


This resume can be tailored to showcase your skills and achievements in respect to the job you are applying for. This is the resume I have discussed in most other articles. This is the resume you use to showcase your sales skills when applying for a sales job. You will tweak this resume to showcase your managerial skills when applying for a manager job.


This is also the resume you will use when you are applying for jobs in more than one area or field of expertise. If you are an engineer and want to apply for design jobs you will want your resume to focus on those skills and that expertise. If you also have a history of leading design projects and are certified in project management, you might want to pursue project management jobs. You will need separate functional resumes to showcase each of those skills and achievements.


So your best bet in this respect is a generic functional resume that you can tailor to the specific openings you are interested in. Keep this resume on file as a template. This is needed even though you want to show your skills as a multi-tasker as well.


  • Resume formatted for computerized applicant screening programs and formatted for online posting in real text style. This resume could have the same information as the generic one mentioned above but instead of being written and formatted in a word processing program, it is formatted in a real text editor such as Notepad.

This resume is essential in that every time you want to post a resume online, upload one to a company site or email it to an employer you will want it to be done with a real text editor.

If you are not familiar with this type of formatting write your resume in Word as usual. Now bring up your real text editor and paste your resume in. Print out a copy of each and compare. You will be surprised by all the differences between the two. You need to save a copy of each type.

The other thing you need to be aware of when writing the real text edition of your resume for applicant tracking systems is that these systems are designed to rate your resume based on keywords. The keywords will be those associated with the job opening. You want to be sure those words are in your resume.

  • Resume written for professional recruiters. Is the resume you provide to a professional recruiter really different from any of these which we have already discussed? Many if not most professional recruiters are going to re-write your resume before presenting it to their client. This is so that your resume fits the job opening as closely as possible. But what about the resume you give the recruiter?


This resume should include all of your experience and all of your accomplishments from high school to the present. Your recruiter can then choose the items they want to put in the resume they write for their clients. Remember we are only talking about professional recruiters here not in-house recruiters. Treat the in-house recruiter just as you would the hiring manager.


In conclusion you need more resumes if you have more extensive goals that you wish to achieve in your career. If you are seeking jobs in various industries or roles you need more than one resume. You need separate resumes in word processing and in real text. Also have a more complete resume for working with professional recruiters. You might want to label this one for the recruiter.

Finally keep a record of the different styles of resume that you have and who your sent it to and when. In this way you can track which resumes are bringing you interviews and which ones are not. Update your tracking every time you update your resume with a different version number. This will give you the best possible analysis on the success of your resumes.

These days when it comes to resumes, it is like that Lay’s Potato Chip commercial and “nobody has just one.”