When applying for positions across industries it is a good idea to customize a version of your resume to highlight those skills and core competencies in order to effectively portray up front your skill level. Generic resumes are dangerous in that they leave much to the imaginations of the reviewers, and let’s face it, no one has enough time to read between the lines and yours could be skipped just for this reason.
A strong objective that summarizes your skill set and promotes you as exactly what every company is seeking is your best opportunity to set the tone of your resume. Take the time to make it short, simple, direct and reflect you in every word. These can catch the interest of the reader and make them want to know more.
The use of cover letters can accomplish the same goal and save time but they are often ignored in favor of the actual resume. In today’s market, it is suggested that you employ both methods to ensure your resume is read and garners interest. Never lie on your resume; you can spruce up your verbiage to make a janitorial job look better by referring to it as industrial maintenance engineer or something equally as wordy. Good luck out there!