As professional resume writers, we’ve been lucky to stay busy during COVID-19, but for millions of people, this is not the case. With more and more people filing unemployment each week, many wonder how they can stand out among a sea of job applicants. 

The Future of Resumes

We all know that a resume has just 6 seconds to grab the attention of the employer. But in today’s chaotic world, that could be even less due to shorter attention spans. One trend we’re seeing is employers asking applicants to submit video resumes. HR professionals cannot currently interview people in person due to social distancing guidelines, but they still want to get a feel for someone’s character and mannerisms to see if they would be a good fit for their team. A video can work as a personal cover letter to show an employer why you are a good fit.

Be Prepared

If you are lucky enough to be still working now, be prepared for tomorrow. Most people wait until they are forced into a job search situation to update their resume. Use the time you are saving commuting to the office to give your resume an overhaul or engage a professional resume writer’s service. As this year has shown, we should all be prepared for anything.

Whether you are experiencing a layoff, furlough, or salary reduction in association with COVID-19 or want to be prepared for what lies ahead, now is the time to adapt your resume for the current times. As professional resume writers, we help you identify the points in your career or employment gap that should be spotlighted in your resume. Remember, a potential employer doesn’t necessarily want to know your entire employment history, so it’s sometimes necessary to disassociate yourself from things that you think were important in your career. It’s a better option to align your resume with the specific job posting or job type that you are searching for. 

A job search during this Coronavirus crisis takes patience and perseverance as well as a solid strategy. For more information, on how we can help you, please reach out to us at info@heartlandresumes.com