How to Revamp Your Resume During Covid-19


The pandemic has created a difficult economic situation in the country, and you have to take every measure possible to stand out to potential employers. Revamping your resume is one of the things you can do to find the next great job. Here are some steps to make your resume improve your chances in the job market.

Redesign

If you've been using the same format for the last ten years, then, let's face it, it's time for a change. Not only in content, but how it looks too. Nowadays, resumes are more creative than they used to be a decade or more ago in terms of format. They may include different arrangements to highlight parts that are more important than others.

For example, having a small font will allow you to put more information, but it could be challenging to read. And cramming too much information may make the employer not pay attention to what is essential. You can download example templates from the Internet that adjust well to your career. They look professional but have a personal touch that shows who you are.

It also depends on your profession. Some careers like UX design, photography, and graphic design may allow you to create a more colorful and creative design for your resume. In the very least, consider changing fonts and layout to give your resume a fresh look.

Research Skills in High Demand

Another thing you can do to revamp your resume is to update your skills. If you just lost your job due to the Covid-19 pandemic, want to find a job that pays better, and haven't been in the market for some years, you have to research what is in high demand now.

You can start by searching for people with profiles that have positions you want and are similar to yours on job boards like LinkedIn or Indeed. Then, look for the job postings you are interested in. Between the two, you should be able to pick out which skills are more needed. Also, a simple Google search could answer your question.

After learning which skills you need to stand out in the job market, you can research how to acquire them. Today, many options are available at affordable prices and different formats for more flexibility. For example, coding bootcamps offer part-time courses with extensive courses that last a few months. You can do them online and graduate in no time at all.

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Less is More

In the case of resumes, less is more. This doesn't mean you leave out something important just to make it look pretty. It means you have to try and make your resume into only one page. Employers spend, on average, six seconds reviewing a resume, so if you have more than one page, it is likely they won't see past the first page.

Make your resume in a one-page format from the start. You have to highlight what is relevant for the position you are applying to and don't add any extras. If later the employer is interested and contacts you, you can send them your full curriculum vitae for them to review.

Keyword Optimization

Keyword optimization is when you add specific words to a website to make it easier for search engines to understand its content. In case of a resume, you will be uploading it to different job boards. So, by adding keywords into your text, you can improve your chances of an employer finding you through a simple search.

Many keyword tools offer their services for free, and you can do some research to see what keywords have more volume. For example, if you plan to look for a remote career, adding the keywords "remote, self-sufficient, or tech-savvy" somewhere in your resume is a must.

Some free keyword tools are Google Trends, Keyword Sheeter, and Keyworddit. The tools are easy to use: you put some words, and you check the search volume for each. The more volume they have, the more people are searching them on search engines, so you should include them in your resume.

Avoid Irrelevant Information

Because your main goal is to make your resume fit in one page, you have to avoid irrelevant information. If you are applying to be a cybersecurity specialist, the employer probably isn't interested in that pastry course you did in college. You have to concentrate on crucial information.

For example, you could eliminate the "about me" section that many people have in their resumes. Instead, use the extra space to do a short description of every past experience and add what your contribution to the company was in each position.

Also, remember to highlight skills that matter for the positions you are applying to. For jobs like cybersecurity or programming, having skills like problem-solving and critical thinking may stand out over empathy. It doesn't mean that you shouldn't have empathy, just that you won't need to mention it in this case.

Add Social Media

Adding your social media profiles to your resume has become really common in the last few years. It gives potential employers different methods to contact you and a way to verify everything that is in your profile. An employer can go to your Linkedin profile and see more about you as a professional that you may have left out of the resume.

You can even take a modern approach and add a QR code for your LinkedIn profile; that way, the employer will have easy access to your information. Look at social media profiles as an extension of your resume. Of course, you should only add profiles that have information related to your career, not your Facebook page, where you only have photos of your last vacations.

In Summary

Covid-19 has left a lot of us without a job or at least rethinking our life decisions. No matter the reason, if you are looking for a new job, you have to revamp your resume to stand out in this new and competitive market. You can redesign it by changing the layout a bit, updating your skills, using keywords, and adding social media platforms to present yourself in the best light possible.

About The Author:
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.

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