This is true no matter the medium. Journalists, novelists, poets, technical writers, and writers of all sorts often go through several revisions before settling on a final form. That’s also true of resume writers.
But how many drafts should you go through before reaching the final version of your resume?
There’s no hard and fast rule, to be honest. For some job seekers, and some resumes, it can happen after two or three drafts. For others, you might have to go through a half dozen, or even a dozen, drafts before you find one that you can live with. The important thing is that you strive toward the best resume possible for your job search.
Another thing that can complicate the resume writing process is that you may need to prepare different versions of your resume for different types of jobs.
Let’s say you have a particular specialty that can be fit into multiple industries. Accounting, for instance. You might prepare a resume that you present for a general accounting position and prepare another one that is targeted to a specific industry in which you have a lot of experience. Both resumes will require your attention, and it is likely you will need to put both through several revisions before you get the final product.
Don’t be afraid to massage your resume through several revisions. That’s what professional writers do.