How to Tailor Your Resume to Fit the Job Description

Most job requirements differ from one another. On average, corporate job openings attract approximately 250 resumés, but only 4-6 applicants will be called up for an interview, where only 1 will be offered the job. In view of such massive competition, it is important to know how to craft a resumé that catches the employers’ attention and demonstrates that you are the best fit.

Many employers use a software called “Applicant Tracking System” (ATS) to filter resumés with high keyword matches to the requirements of the job in terms of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA). Tailoring your resumé to the applied job can help ensure that your resumé gets picked up.

Now that you know how hiring managers and HRs sift through resumes, here are 3 steps to tailor your resume using keywords


Start by familiarising the employer’s requirements

The job description or job posting is a great way to identify what employers are looking out for in a candidate. Using the sample job description below, ask yourself, what are some of the key Knowledge, Skills and Attributes the employer is looking out for?


Make a list of your core competencies

You do not need to re-create your resumé from scratch, but it helps to highlight your unique selling points through your core competencies and skills, instead of simply listing down your day-to-day tasks.


Support your accomplishments using the C.A.R model

  • Show evidence of past successes that are relevant to the applied job will give you an edge against other qualified applicants
  • Remember, your accomplishments give the impression that you are more than just an employee, but a potential performer and key contributor to the organisation’s performance and bottom line.
  • Put quantifiable achievements into context. Consider the C.A.R format as a guideline:

Provide a summary of the situation, what the task was, and the challenge


Elaborate on how you solved the challenge, including the actions you took


Share the outcome and how your learnings are relevant to the job you are applying for

Example: Successfully developed business in a new emerging market through the development of 5 news accounts within 3 months, leading to an increase in sales revenue from 2 to 8 million.

Putting everything together, you will have a well-crafted resumé (sample below) with tailored competencies and accomplishments, increasing your chances of it being picked out by HRs and recruiters.

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