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Jason Truesdell

In many cases, a resume is the first (possibly only) contact with an employer or hiring manager.

In the high-tech industry, submission of resumes by email and the web even reduces the traditional cover letter to near-extinction. If you write more than a couple of lines of introductory text in an email with an attached resume, you're probably wasting both your time and the time of your contact (which may actually be a resume scanning program).

Ideally, your resume should be targeted to a specific type of job. Every company to which you send a resume should be receiving something specifically targeted for them so that they can see how you can solve their business problems.

This isn't always appropriate or even possible. For example, if you're just out of college or you've not been working in the industry for awhile, you would be better off demonstrating your well-roundedness. 

If you're going to a job fair and plan on meeting with a large number of companies, it's obviously impractical to rewrite your resume for every employer, although you may want to have two or three variations so that you can provide the most appropriate information.

If you're pounding the pavement and knocking on doors, the same principle applies; provide the most appropriate resume for the company, but you don't have to custom-build one for each place.

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