There definitely can be too much of a good thing, when it comes to job searching. Prospective employers want to know why you are a strong candidate for the job and why your skills are a good match, not everything you might be able to do.
Instead of providing all your skills and experience in your resume and cover letter, it makes sense to take the time (and yes, I know it takes time, but, it's worth it) to focus your resume and write a targeted cover letter that specifically addresses how your qualifications match the position you are applying for.
Susan Heathfield, About.com Human Resources Guide, explains why it's so important to make sure that your resume stands out in the crowd in her article Why This Resume Rocks. When a hiring manger reviews hundreds of resumes, your cover letter and resume have to be eye-catching or they aren't going to get noticed. And getting your application materials noticed is what effective job searching is all about.
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