Building Your Resume During the Pandemic

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The pandemic has upended everything, and the workforce in the United States is not an exception. People who had an opportunity to work from home got lucky and continued working.

But the situation is not the same for everyone. For millions of people in the USA, the effects of a pandemic have been fatal.  The latest report of Market Watch found that over 14.6 million people lost their jobs due to pandemics.

 If you can relate to it and eager to get your career off the ground, here are some essential tips for building your resume during COVID -19.

How to Build Resume during COVID-19

·Check Resume for all Important Components

When was the last time you reviewed your CV?

 You need to make sure that it includes all the relevant and essential information required for possible changes in the work environment.  For instance, if you want to apply for a government job position, your CV or resume must have these basic components.

  • Candidate Information - The section includes your basic information (contact, full name, citizenship) and an objective statement that you must tailor according to the position, respectively.
  • Work Experience – If you‘re looking for a new job after the pandemic, mentioning merely your education might be enough or relevant.  You must give the position the relevant skills you have and work experience.

·Highlight Transferable Skills

The tip can make a big difference in setting the direction of your resume.  If you want to begin a career in a field, you have no prior experience of, highlight skills you can transfer to the new employment.  Your transferable skills refer to your knowledge and abilities you can apply in different jobs. 

·Update Your Achievements Section

Remember that your purpose is to impress your prospective employer and make him believe that you’re the most suitable candidate.

Think about the new skills you’ve learned recently or while quarantining that can add to your experience.   If you have improved your skills, update your achievement sections confidently. 

While the section is an optional part of a resume, it can significantly increase your chances of getting the job as it displays that you’re constantly evolving and growing as a professional.

So whether you’ve dabbled in some freelancing or opted for a few online courses to enhance your skills, add them to the achievement section of your resume.

·Remove Irrelevant Experience

Build your resume according to an experience-based format as it sets you apart from other applicants.  It specifically highlights your expertise and experiences.

To make it more impactful, exclude all your irrelevant experiences and specify the ones relevant to the desired position.

Summing up

With so many people striving to make an impression on recruiters and are looking for job opportunities after the pandemic, you need to make your resume stand out. However, it is possible to improve your chances by building your resume correctly. You need to show the employer what you’re capable of. The given tips can help you develop an effective and interesting resume.

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