We tailor strategy and tactics for every campaign-and each job application is basically a mini-campaign. That's why I recommend tailoring your resume and cover letter for every job posting you reply to.
I'm not saying every job application has to be DearLisaRudgers.com material, but I've definitely seen enthusiastic job hunters commit the cardinal sin of sending in a generic resume and cover letter.
One of the primary purposes of a resume is to show that you have the skills the organization is looking for. For every skill they list as a must in the job posting, try to have at least one point on your resume that matches.
For example: Do they need someone who can fundraise online? Make sure you include that you raised $15,000 off a 55,000 member list at your last job during an end-of-year fundraising campaign. (Use specific numbers so that it's not just fluff.)
If there are any skills listed in the job posting that you don't have, address that in your cover letter.
Taking the time to prove that you're what the organization is looking and care enough to show it will get you that much closer to landing the gig.
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Malinda Frevert is New Media Director on CREDO SuperPAC's Take Down Cravaack project, a BootCamp alumna, and an NOI Community member.