As professional resume writers, we’re lucky to stay busy during many trying times, but this is not the case for millions. When economic climates indicate that more and more people may be filing for unemployment, many wonder how they can stand out among a sea of job applicants. It’s time to resurrect your resume.
The Future of Resumes
We all know that a resume has just 7 seconds to grab the employer’s attention. 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 are still not interviewing people in person initially, 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.
If you are still working now, be prepared for tomorrow. Most people wait until they are forced into a job search situation to update their resume. If working from home, use the time you are saving commuting to the office to overhaul your resume or engage a professional resume writer’s service. As recent years have shown, we should all be prepared for anything.
Whether you are experiencing a layoff, furlough, or salary reduction or want to be prepared for what lies ahead, now is the time to adapt your resume. 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 want to know your entire employment history, so it’s sometimes necessary to disassociate yourself from things you think were important in your career. It’s better to align your resume with the job posting or type you are searching for.
Industry Lay-offs should trigger a Strategy.
A job search during a lean economic time or when an industry is experiencing many layoffs takes patience, perseverance, and a solid strategy. For more information on how we can help you, please contact us using the form.
This article has been recently updated.