It seems that as technology advances, we adopt the lingo and jargon from this growing industry by adding new words to our vocabulary. You’ve heard people refer to “2.0”, “ping”, or “multitasking” – all words that started in the technology world and now exist as common language. Each year more and more computer terms enter our everyday speech.
One such term from tech-speak helps describe a type of resume I’d like to recommend to you today. That term is known as “Plug & Play”. (also abbreviated as PNP) You’re probably very familiar with this term.
Merriam-Webster defines Plug & Play like this:
“computers : a feature of a computer system that makes it possible for the computer to use a device as soon as it is connected to the computer”
You might also be familiar with various Plug & Play items such as a computer mouse, an external speaker, or some other cool computer device you commonly use. The idea is that you simply PNP.
I’d like to suggest to you that you need a resume that’s a Plug & Play too. This is a general resume that pretty much covers all the bases for you. This is the resume that contains all the facts and figures about you.
Think about this PNP Resume as a document you can easily modify given the job opportunity. For example, imagine you get an email alert about a job announcement. You wanna get your resume in quickly, but you don’t have a version of your resume that meets the needs of this job opportunity.
What to do?
You pull into a coffee shop or other Wi-Fi enabled location. You log into email or the cloud. Then you access this PNP Resume. Based on the job requirements, you add or delete items on your resume. You save it under a new file name. Then you apply for the job!
By having a Plug & Play Resume, you can build upon or delete specific irrelevant information and customize it for this specific job.
Think about the PNP Resume like this:
I personally keep numerous variations of my resume on file in my computer along with the Cover Letters I’ve sent to Hiring Managers or Recruiters over the years. When I need to put something together for a job opportunity, I don’t waste much time sifting through old files OR creating a new resume or a cover letter from scratch. I can focus on getting as specific as possible on highlighting pertinent skills, emphasizing my experiences that can benefit the company, and delivering a winning resume. You can too!
Over time, you’ll be able to draw from a pool of PNP Resumes that resonate well with Hiring Managers and result in phone interviews, LIVE interviews, and positive comments about your resume.
Remember, the PNP Resume is helpful in getting you prepared for the next step – an interview! By using this Plug & Play Resume as the foundation for future resumes, you can build success upon success!
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