Is your resume COVID-ready?
The vaccines have started and life is (hopefully) headed on right path to normal. But we’re talking new normal, not old normal. And in this new normal world, nothing is the same. Especially not how we go-to-market with our resumes. Below, resume crafting expert Jessica Hernandez, owner of Great Resumes Fast, shares some of her best tips to pandemic-proofing your resume.
- What’s changed in regards to job searching since the pandemic hit?
- One of the biggest things that’s happened during the last few months is that hiring managers are asking applicants to explain how they’ve stepped up during the pandemic. HR managers want to know what challenges and obstacles you’ve overcome, and (if) you’ve been adaptable and flexible during this time. Make sure you have your talking points ready because you’re sure to be asked about this during your next interview….(read more)
- With so much competition for jobs, what are some I can do right now to make my resume stand out?
- Proofread. Proofread. Typos are the number one reason resumes get rejected.
- Switch out your passive language for active language.
- Find ways to measure and note your accomplishments – not everything has to be about sales – think about what you’ve accomplished, and then talk about it.
- Make it as easy as possible for the recruiter to know who you are, what position you’re interested in, and how to contact you. When you save your resume, save it with your name and the specific job you’re applying for.
- What is the biggest challenge when it comes to helping someone create a resume during this time?
Hands-down, the biggest challenge is being able to convey their value of your accomplishments. Whether you are talking about what you accomplished during the last few months, or just your job in general, often times we struggle to find ways to convey our accomplishments.
- How does someone know when they need to get professional assistance with their resume?
One tell-tale sign is that if you’ve been sending out resume after resume, and not hearing anything back.
- Is a resume really that important these days?
A lot of people believe that their resume is just a way to get an interview or their foot in the door. That may be true. But when you really think about it, it’s about way more than that. It’s about your earning potential, your next promotion, and your success down the line. A resume is about your future. At the end of the day, whether you are willing to invest in your career by hiring a resume writer depends on what your needs are, and what’s important to you. It’s a very personal decision.
- How can I find a resume writer to help me?
Do your due diligence before you hire anyone. Don’t just use whatever top 10 list comes up in your Google search, often those are paid ads, not unbiased reviews. If you are considering hiring someone, do your homework. Check out their social accounts, look them up on the Better Business Bureau. If they have samples of their work online, check those out as well to make sure they are aligned with what you’d like to accomplish. There are all kinds of job seekers and all kinds of résumé writers. What’s most important is finding someone who is a good fit for you and your needs. Crafting the perfect resume takes time and skill. And with a little help – it can be the best way to get your career headed in the right direction.
About Jessica Hernandez
A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Leveraging more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, Jessica has developed a proprietary, innovative, and success-proven resume development and personal branding strategies that generate powerful results clients of Great Resumes Fast.