4 Must Haves in a Post-Pandemic Resume
The COVID-19 pandemic is yet to go anywhere, and is bringing substantial changes to the job industry all over the world with each passing day. We talked to the consultants here at Jellyfish on how to keep your resume up to date, and what employers look for in a resume.
In this article, we will introduce 4 points that you should include in your resume if you are planning to change your current job, or are just starting out as a fresh graduate.
Highlight Your Accomplishments
A tale as old as time, recruiters have often emphasized on the importance of showing the results you achieved on your resume, but this only becomes more important in this day and age. Instead of simply mentioning you led a team, mention the number of people in the team and for how long. What percentage of work was assigned to you and how much of it were you able to complete? How did that impact the company’s revenue?
The next tip is specifically for managers and leaders- include how you kept your team motivated throughout a task amidst a pandemic. Were you and your team able to smoothly transition from in-person work to work from home?
Recruiters want to know this information, as they are looking for reliable, hardworking and self-sufficient employees. This will also let your employer know how productive you are regardless of your working environment and prove that you are result driven.
A resume is your window to let the recruiter know why they should hire you in the first place, and if you cannot convince them, then your chances of securing an interview might not be as high. As important as skills are, you will want to focus on skills and competencies that are specific to remote work.
Some remote specific skills are communication, time management, leadership , proactiveness, adaptability, flexibility, etc. to name a few. A recruiter would be intrigued to know if your communication ability is as effective virtually as it is in close contact work.
Companies are also interested in knowing how you have maintained the boundaries between work and home. Was your team able to bond with each other and work collaboratively during WFH or did you face any struggles?
Similarly, time management is a skill that managers look for in WFH employees. Studies show that employers were able to maintain productivity at the workplace when bosses were there in person, or hovering over the head of employees- which has considerably changed in WFH. This makes it crucial for you to show the recruiter that you were able to not only maintain your productivity levels but improve it over the course of this pandemic. If you have experience in leading a team, mention what steps you took to maintain the team’s productivity and if those proved to be effective.
Importance of An Online Presence
While resumes (or ES) and CVs remain one of the most pivotal steps of a selection process, one cannot deny the impact of a strong online presence. Recently, one way the pandemic has altered the job industry is the increasing reliance on third-party job-hunting platforms like LinkedIn, Rikunabi, Mynavi. A multitude of companies would ask if you are available on those sites, request you to submit your application on such sites, and then proceed to document screening.
If you intend to apply for jobs online, make sure that your accounts and profiles (if any)are professional. Offensive language should be refrained from. Any up-to-date content and achievements should be in alignment with the goals and needs of your target company. Some websites even request you to submit your ES as a part of their profile, so take your time in drafting a picture-perfect ES that you can put on your profile. An entry sheet that mentions what kind of employee you would make, the kind of work/ job you are looking for, and what you can offer to the company.
Often, recruiters from various companies engage in online head hunting. Seeing that you match their requirements, they might get in touch with you for the experiences and achievements demonstrated on your profile. Furthermore, these websites help recruiters and employers form a very time sensitive first impression of you as a potential candidate before they even request your CV and/ or resume.
Gap in Your Employment History
It is not a surprise to hear that numerous companies laid off their employees because of the pandemic. You might have even heard the same in your circle, or personally know some people who were unfortunately subjected to the same. There are also people who opted to take time off or take a gap year from work to recuperate and recover from the pandemic, due to their mental and physical health.
Being let go of work in such times, or taking time off is completely fine, and nothing to be ashamed of. What matters is how you present this information on your resume, and ultimately to your employer.
Use this instance to write about your professional and personal growth in this pandemic, and how that makes you a better employee. If you took up a part time job, write about why you chose to do part time, what kind of part time it was, how that connects to your motivation to work in the target industry.
With this in mind, talk about the skills you mastered, what new programming languages you learned, if you were able to broaden your knowledge about a new field in the IT industry such as e-commerce, or if you worked on polishing your knowledge of a trusted industry. This will not only add an edge to your resume, and make you stand out from other employees- but will also let your recruiter know that you are a hardworking and dedicated individual outside work as well.
To summarize, we discussed four must-haves in a post pandemic resume. It is important to use numbers to reflect how much you accomplished at a job and how that impacted the company. Next up is the importance of remote specific skills such as communication and time management. It is paramount to show that you are just as productive and efficient when working from home without the physical presence of a boss, as you would be in an office. Last but not the least is building and maintaining an online presence on job hunting websites such as LinkedIn. There have been cases of people receiving job offers from just their profile. Lastly, it might be good to include how well you used the time when you were not employed for personal or professional reasons.
Ultimately, whether you choose to make use of these pointers or not, your goal is to convince a potential employer to recruit you and your reasons for the same should be incontestable. It becomes crucial for IT engineers in Japan to display how you managed the shift from offline to online. Engineering, more often than not, is considered to be an onsite job. However, with the very sudden and complete shift to online, your scope of work also changed, and in the end- it is up to you to work with the tides or against them.
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