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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?

Jessica Hernandez, expert resume writer, is a nationally-recognized resume authority and former HR Manager who has achieved over a 99% success rate securing interviews with prestigious organizations through exclusive, personal branding strategies.  The President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast, she and her team partner with professional- and executive-level candidates.


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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast

Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.

What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.

You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!

I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!


  1. David on August 14, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you Jessica for this helpful article. I am going to refer to it in a post I am writing for my blog The Right Side of Forty ( Good luck in the ongoing success of your site. I find it helpful!

  2. Tom on October 22, 2020 at 11:18 am

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  3. Ahmadali Jamali on April 21, 2022 at 9:59 pm

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