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Asked by Margot on June 9, 2015

Hi. I have a wide breadth of workforce experience encompassing multiple end-user technologies, professional writing, team leadership, corporate program training, multi-project collaborations, program research and evaluation, and more. My challenge is harnessing them into a well targeted position. Any advice for an energetic, intelligent and motivated "generalist" aiming begin a new chapter?

Answered by Nell, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, on June 10, 2015


That is awesome! Sounds like some really awesome experiences! My recommendation for you to bring all of those unique experiences is to hand tailor every resume towards the poisiton that you are applying for. Since your experiences are so broad, you will need to spend extra time on your resume to tie togeather your experiences and your position. This means spending a lot more time on your applications. I have a few areas of focus when you are doing this process:
1) Thoroughly read the job description and information about the company so that you are able to change up your resume accordingly
2) Utilize your objective statement, this is at the top of the resume and will give you the opportunity to let the recruiter and the hiring manger know why you are interested and the skills that will back you up
3) Use the language that is in the job description in your resume, this will strengthen your objective statement and bring it all together
I wish you all the best in your search!

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Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on June 11, 2015

There are plenty of roles where being a generalist is an asset. Based on the new job you are targeting, draw upon your most applicable experience first when applying or interviewing. But you can also use examples from your other experience to demonstrate you have well-rounded knowledge and understanding of a business that you can draw upon. Very few roles in a business operate in a vacuum; the more understanding you bring to the table about other parts of the business, the more valuable you can be.
There are a few roles in particular where your combination of skills would be useful. Consider project management, product marketing, sales or recruitment. Project managers oversee a process touching many parts of a business and have to understand all of them. Product marketing needs an understanding of the technology, communication skills, leadership and program research. Sales will draw upon all your experience. And recruitment requires professionals who are able to talk about different areas and job roles. If you can speak from personal experience in recruitment, it is even more powerful. These are just a few ideas; good luck!

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Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on June 17, 2015

It sounds like you have had many great experiences in the workforce! You have the benefit of utilizing your experiences in many different positions. I would search for positions that are of interest to you (it’s alright if they are in different areas of work). My recommendation for you is to tailor your resume and cover letter to the experiences you have had that would match with what the employer is looking for with that particular job. There will be cases for example a Human Resources position is posted but the employer is looking for an individual with a Marketing or Information Technology background. Be sure to read the whole job description; you never know what jobs could be out there in a field you never thought of going into but would be a good fit for with your broad workforce experience background. Best of luck!

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