An updated, effective resume is a critical tool for your job search.
During the current pandemic, when nearly every aspect of the hiring process has moved online, you may wonder why you still need a resume. In fact, you do still need a resume for many reasons:
- Many employers require a resume as part of their hiring process. Even when you fill out an online job application, many employers also want you to upload your resume.
- Your resume communicates your qualifications and your brand—who you are and what makes you different—and is your best chance to stand out in a sea of applicants.
- Your resume serves a different purpose than an online profile. Its main purpose is to get you an interview. Your profile on a social media page, such as LinkedIn, is first and foremost a networking tool.
Update your resume now
There’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” resume. In order to achieve the goals of a great resume, you must customize your resume to fit the specific job criteria each time you apply for a new position. Here a few tips to help update your resume:
- Visit the Resume Guide for a thorough walk-through of the resume writing process, as well as samples to help you create or edit your document.
- Consider changing your resume format—especially if, during COVID-19, you’re applying for jobs in fields you haven’t worked in before now. For instance, using a functional format can be helpful to show how your skills transfer to a new career or industry.
- Emphasize your skills and accomplishments that relate to your new job direction in a professional summary or highlights of qualifications section at the top of your resume.
- Keep in mind that applicant tracking system resume reviews heighten the importance of using keywords thoughtfully.
- If you were laid off because of the impacts of COVID-19 or the economy, be sure to clearly note this next to the dates of your last position.