How to Write a Resume During COVID-19

How to Write a Resume During COVID-19

Unemployment and uncertainties due to COVID-19 in the United States, and around the world, are increasing. In August, it was reported that unemployment fell to 8.4% and fewer and fewer jobs are being created and posted. In June, there 4.8 million new jobs, in July this fell to 1.8 million, and in August, the figure dropped again to 1.4 million new jobs.

Securing a job, during these difficult times can seem impossible, especially if you’re a student or recent graduate. However, don’t despair, there is still hope! Read on to discover how to write a resume that will stand out from the crowd and help you get your dream job.

4 Tips on How to Write a Resume

Before the virus, a single corporate job opening attracted an average of 250 resumes. The employer then has to go through and pick 4 to 6 people to interview and then choose one person for the role. Now, however, all types of jobs are seeing huge numbers of applicants due to high unemployment rates caused by the coronavirus.

Writing a resume takes time, care, and patience. Especially in these uncertain times where it is so important to stand out from the crowd. There are a vast array of templates available online that can help you format your resume, but we recommend you implement these tips too:

1. Tailor Your Resume

The number one tip when it comes to how to make a good resume is to tailor your resume. This process can be time-consuming, but ultimately, it leads to more successful applications.

One way to do this is to use keywords from the job description in your resume. Many recruiters and employers use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) so they don’t need to look through thousands of resumes. ATS will pick out the keywords in your resume and if they match the job description, your resume will go to the top of the pile.

Try adding keywords, such as skills or qualifications from the job description into your resume. For example, you might add communication skills in your resume summary, or detail your college degree in your education section.

Another way to tailor your resume is by ensuring it’s up-to-date. Make sure your latest background and experience is in your resume and that it is relevant to the role you’re applying for.

2. Update Your Resume Summary/Objective

Many people, especially students and those looking for their first jobs, wonder how to make a resume. They may use templates or ask their friends to help them, however, this might not make it clear what sections of your resume are important and why.

Your resume summary or objective is essential in providing the company with a short-snippet of context about you and why they should hire you. Resume summaries often include a statement about your skills and experience (which is why this is more suitable for those with previous working experience). While a resume objective is better suited for students and graduates, as it mainly focuses on your short and long-term goals.

Whether you choose to write a resume summary or objective is up to you. But you need to make sure this brief statement makes your application stand out and that it explains why the company should hire you. Given the current uncertainties that recruiters and companies are facing, you need to ensure your application shows you are flexible and adaptable and that you are willing to help out wherever necessary.

3. Place the Most Important Details at the Top of Your Resume

Hiring managers and recruiters are very busy dealing with hundreds, if not thousands of applications. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure your most important information is at the top of the resume. By sorting your resume with the most important information will help the company find out what they need to know about you.

For example, students or graduates with little or no work experience might decide that their qualifications and soft skills are most important. This means you should include these details higher up on your resume and move your hobbies and references down towards the bottom of the resume.

It’s important to not write too much. Remember to utilize your cover letter or additional documents if you wish to expand on your important information. For example, your resume may state your qualifications and an education accomplishment section while your cover letter may go into more detail about your studies.

4. Include Remote Experience

Many roles are currently recruiting candidates who can temporarily work remotely. This means that companies want to see resumes that highlight candidates that can work from home. You might want to think about including any remote experience that you have previously had or any experience using technology that enables you to work remotely.

For example, if in previous roles you’ve worked from home a few days, it might be worth mentioning that. Alternatively, you might want to include in your skills section examples of when you effectively communicated using technology, or examples of your impeccable organizational skills. Another way to let your potential employer know that you’re able to work remotely is by detailing your experience using tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Nextiva, or Google Docs.

Once you’ve perfected your resume writing skills and aced your interview, you’ll be an integral part of the team. But pulling your weight and proving your worth at your new company should be at the forefront of everything you do. Make sure you impress your new employer by implementing our 32 working from home tips.

Stand Out From the Crowd and Get Your Dream Job

Students, graduates, and anyone looking for a new job during the COVID-19 pandemic will find it difficult. The job market and economy are struggling, however, if you follow our guide on how to write a resume and remain positive you’ll be happily working in your next role in no time.

By Johnnie Headley
Johnnie Headley