QUESTION: What exactly is a job target on my resume and why do I need one? I just need a job!
The #1 goal of a resume is to position you for your next career move. A job target is the title of the position you want to target with your resume. By staking your claim on your target role, you bring immediate focus to your resume. Use the summary section to cite relevant skills, experiences, and qualifications that solidify your “fit” and increase your chance of landing an interview.
A job target helps to focus the content on your resume. Knowing your end goal will allow you to craft a professional summary and tagline that speaks to that role, select verbs for your bullets that reinforce desired traits for the new position, and ensure your transferrable skills are highlighted. A strong, effective resume will have a narrow focus–not a “jack of all trades” approach.
This is customizing your resume to a specific position you are applying for; effectively, it is a “focused” resume that will improve your chances of being contacted by a recruiter or hiring manager. A targeted resume will highlight your skills & expertise relevant to the particular position sought. I would recommend this as it is more ATS-friendly & a better chance of a recruiter calling you!
‘The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it’. Job targets frame your area of interest and expertise. Employers are targeting to fill a specific job. As a job seeker, you must demonstrate how you will match their needs specifically. Candidates without a job target may appear to lack focus or direction.
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