A lot of finance job seekers share the view that the more resumes you send out, the greater the chance of being asked to an interview. And that often results in carbon copies of the one resume being sent out to multiple job ads, because this is the most efficient way to get ahead at a number’s game, right?
First of all, the idea of it being a number’s game is a misconception. Your chances of success can be much higher if you have a targeted search and tailor your resume to each application. This approach could mean that you send out fewer applications but your strike rate dramatically improves.
Secondly, one-size-fits-all resumes are easy to spot to an employer/recruiter, who is likely to discard it upon first glance. Reason for this is that you may be applying for Finance Analyst roles, but the asks of Company A can be very different to that of Company B. Yet your one-size-fits-all resume does not highlight how well you meet these differing requirements.
Key lesson: Tailoring your resume to each application allows you to accentuate your skills that are most relevant to each role. A skilled sales person will always try to find out what needs the potential customer has, only then will the sales person talk to the product features that will satisfy those needs. This is exactly what you want to achieve with your targeted resume. A generic resume simply cannot sell your best assets that are relevant to the job. [See our blog on ‘how to write a targeted resume’]
Lastly, a one-size-fits-all resume simply screams laziness and disinterestedness in the advertised role. It may not be you at all, but by not investing effort in writing a tailored job application, it is easy to make such assumptions. Let’s face it: employers want to hire people with the right attitude who is proactive, so show them that you have these qualities by writing a thoughtful application.