If you’re currently out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and if you haven’t had to look for work for a few years, the type of resume you used before may not work nearly as well today.
After all, technology has changed considerably in even just the last five years. Did you ever do a lot of video conference meetings in 2015? What about using a real time-voice translator when you were on a sales trip to a foreign country? And let’s just skip over the massive amount of automation tools that have popped up in the workplace in the last half decade.
Your resume needs to reflect this increase in technology
Here’s what we mean by that:
Technology has made all work more complex. More and more employers expect job candidates to have even the most basic of tech skills (such as word processing, email and database management skills, as rudimentary examples). More professional-level jobs often require higher-level technology skills, such as creating spreadsheets, presentations, data analytics, even some coding, depending on the industry.
Your resume therefore needs to reflect these technical skills. It should showcase them while also – and this is just as important – highlighting your on-the-job accomplishments, experience and education.
And let’s not forget the primary function of a resume: to show how you can solve an employer’s problems
Companies hire people basically for just one reason: they have problems they need solved.
A resume’s job is to show employers how you can help them fix those problems. Always keep that in mind as you create your resume.
An important note to also remember: your resume doesn’t get you a job; it gets you an interview
Your resume exists to pique a recruiter’s or hiring manager’s interest. It doesn’t tell your life story, your career goals, your income needs. It serves to only catch someone’s attention.
It is, basically, a sales document.
So you want to catch readers’ interest from the get-go by showcasing how you can solve their problems. You do so by providing a statement that describes your skills and experience in ways that hint at how you will help them.
Data analyst with more than 7 years of experience in data analysis strategies and processes. Particularly skilled in data strategy, client data management and visualization. Bachelor’s degree in computer science; master’s in information systems.
Human resource manager with 5-plus years HR experience, 3 of them in HR management positions. SHRM-SCP certified; HRIS certification. Team leadership experience in business planning, resource allocation and diplomatic problem resolution.
Resume do’s and don’ts
Finally, don’t lie. Don’t fudge. Don’t stretch the truth. Much of our lives are online now and our histories are verified easily. Don’t risk being caught. You can be fired for lying on a resume.
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