Do I need more than one resume if I am seeking more than one type of position
The short answer to this question is: probably not, but it depends on the circumstances.
Situation #1: If your career goals are related to each other— for example, if you’re seeking both marketing and sales positions, and you’ve held positions in both sales and marketing in the past—then you can use the same resume for all of your job-search submissions. You or your professional resume writer would simply need to tweak the top end (title, summary, tagline) to tailor the resume for each type of career goal.
Situation #2: If you have two career goals and they are disparate and you have experience in both areas, then you’d definitely want to invest in having two resumes prepared. Each of the resume versions should be tailored specifically to its own career goal and highlight the job experience, skill sets, and achievements most germane to that goal. Anything not relevant to that specific career goal should either be omitted or “toned down” in emphasis.
Situation #3: If you have extensive experience in a field that has a lot of “niche” categories and you are currently seeking work in several of them, then you may also need several versions of your resume. For example, I have been a professional writer for 20+ years. Over the years, I’ve worked in magazine publishing, marketing & business development, and resume writing roles. In the writing field, there are many “niche” markets, and getting a job or project in one of them is much more likely if I submit a resume that includes only the relevant experience. I personally have four tailored versions of my resume. One features all of my writing experience. Another focuses almost exclusively on my 11 years of resume writing experience and only mentions my other work “in passing.” A third version highlights my magazine publishing and freelance article writing experience. The fourth focuses more strongly on my marketing and business development achievements. There is some overlap between all 4 resumes, but each is tailored to highlight one of the “niche” writing markets.
Summary: One way to clearly understand the concept of multiple resume versions is to think of your resume as you would a business card. Let’s say your day job is working as an SEO expert, but you also operate a DJ business at night, and you and your spouse have also just launched a home-based soap-making business. If you put all of those professions together on one business card, you’d come across as a “jack of all trades, master of none.” Instead, you’d be better off having 3 different business cards to hand out to any prospective new clients or customers.
Hope that helps!
Lynne Zerance - About the Author:
Lynne Zerance is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW) with 11 years' experience writing interview-winning resumes and letters. Lynne offers professional resume writing services through www.transformationalresumes.com.