General Resume Example
What Is a General Resume?
How To Craft a General Resume for Any Need
What To Update on Your Resume
- Company name
- Relevant work experience
- Keywords for the job description
- Extra sections, if pertinent
- Specific achievements and skills
The exact job title you’re looking at will need a different set of skills and achievements. Remember to include the things you excel at that are also what the company is actively looking for.
FAQ: General Resumes
Q: Is a general resume a good idea?
It depends. It’s a great idea to use this as a baseline so you can switch up your resume for other jobs. However, you shouldn’t write a single resume and then submit it to hundreds of jobs. If you’re looking to get job offers, you should start from this template, then update the content in your resume.
Q: When should I give my general resume an update?
You should update your general resume at least every few years. It’s most important to update your general resume whenever something big changes, like getting a certification, switching jobs, going to school or changing careers.
Q: Can I take a general resume to a job expo?
You can, and this is typically what they’re used for. However, it’s often better to come prepared with business cards and an “elevator pitch” about who you are and what you do. A general resume doesn’t allow you to personalize your approach to every person, which means that your resume can come off as lacking. If you take the time to instead talk directly to each person who might be interested in hiring you, you’re more likely to get a job offer.