What is a Master Resume?

by Holbrook Hernandez, Jessica Thursday, April 07, 2011
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What is a Master Resume?

When applying for multiple jobs, many job seekers find themselves at a strange crossroads: They know they need to create unique resumes for each job but are tired of recreating similar documents over and over. If you find yourself in this predicament, you might want to consider a master resume.

The Basics of the Master Resume

A master resume is a document that functions as a source to help you create other resumes. It is not meant to serve as the template—and is never to be submitted. Instead, it allows you to list every skill you’ve acquired, your valid education, all of your jobs, etc. in one place.

For instance, if you have had careers in public relations and human resources, you will have a need for different information depending on the type of job for which you’re applying. You could create a master resume that allows you to add every detail of your careers to one document.

Why a Job Seeker Could Use a Master Resume

There are obvious benefits to using a master resume. One is that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of remembering everything you’ve accomplished in the scope of your career. Also, it speeds up the resume writing process by setting all of your career details in front of you.

Also, a master resume allows you, as a job seeker, to take a good look at your career. You could decide whether you’re moving in the right direction—or it can help you make changes if you’re not on the right path.

The master resume serves as an amazing reference point for you when trying to remember all you’ve accomplished throughout your career. So why not try it for yourself to decide if this organizational tool will work for you?