Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Thursday, March 30, 2017
I often tell potential candidates that it’s a great idea to have a few versions of their resume saved for use in various industries, so my advice to you is the same, but a word of caution as well. Do not tailor a resume to the point that you have ruined it. Tailoring a resume does not mean that you need to be a different person on each, but rather, highlight your skills in a different way if you think its necessary. A great place to start is the job description for the position your looking to apply to. What is it that the position demands of the candidate? What amount of time is devoted to certain aspects of the position on an annual basis? If you have some of these skills, but they aren’t highlighted on your resume, or you could possibly expand up on them, go ahead. This might mean removing some less relevant information in order to maintain that one page resume, so be smart with what you add and remove. I will repeat, do not change who you are on this piece of paper to appease a description or a hiring manager/recruiter. Your skills and experience are what the are and you have no doubt worked hard for that. Allow your experience to speak for itself, but if you can help by emphasizing what they have asked for in a candidate, great idea. One last word of caution – tailoring your resume can very quickly get out of hand by taking liberties with skills and experience that aren’t exactly truthful. Never put anything on your resume that is untrue or even an exaggeration that you aren’t able to back up when asked. This can turn a great conversation in an interview sour very quickly!