In today’s highly competitive job marketplace, the answer to this question should almost never be one — unless you find the same exact job descriptions listed for multiple openings. Resumes need to be tailored to specific jobs and companies.

So, consider this advice from Dawn Rasmussen (president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services), writing for

“A lot of times, job seekers will contact me with help on their career document, then start rattling off a whole list of COMPLETELY different functions that they want to cover in the resume. One recent client was hoping to try and cover human resources, event planning, and communications all in one document. Unfortunately, in today’s brave new world of applications, one size does not fit all.”

“But does that mean everyone needs to be constantly chasing after a moving target, always changing the document to meet each job posting? Nope. You have to rethink your strategy completely and start seeing your resume as a themed asset. Here’s why… As we go through our careers, our background evolves into probably at least three or more different thematic areas. In my lifetime, I’ve been a meeting planner, television producer, tourism manager, educator, and resume writer, to name a few. Can I pull all of these areas under one roof/one resume? Not a chance.”

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3 Replies to “How Many Resumes Do You Need?”

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  2. I actually think that people should constantly be updating their resumes to meet the specific requirements of the job that they are pursuing. Assuming you have an idea of what you wanted to do in life, each job position that you had previously held should be somewhat similar or at least connect to a few aspects of the job you are pursuing. Dawn Rasmussen did not have a great idea of what he wanted to do in life because all of his jobs are completely different and had nothing to do with one another. My dad is a sales recruiter and views resumes all day. He tells me from experience that when you are applying to a second or third job in your life, you must detail prior work experience on the resume. This means that you are constantly updating your resume to meet your future goals. It seems to me that resumes that revolve around a “themed asset” are not going to cut it in the real world with recruiters.

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