So—like thousands of others—you’ve been laid off because the business you were working for has been ordered closed. Not only that, for the last couple of months, you were staying at home under shelter-in-place orders and are reacquainting yourself with the big yellow thing in the sky called the “sun.”
Now that shelter-in-place orders are being lifted and businesses are slowly reopening, you’ve probably noticed that postings are making their way back to the job boards. Now that it’s time to start looking for a job instead of binging on Netflix (or whatever your stress reliever of choice was), how do you put yourself in the best position to snag one of those jobs?
First and foremost, if you haven’t yet revamped your resume for your new job hunt, you’ll want to do so now to make sure you’ll be able to beat out other applicants. Remember, there will be hundreds—if not thousands—of people vying for the same job, so you want to have the edge with a professionally written resume and LinkedIn profile at the very minimum. This might even be the perfect time to try out a new career direction—our writers and coaches can help you with anything you might wish to do professionally.
Also, this is early in the economy’s re-opening process, so you’re being proactive to hire a resume writer now. If you wait, you’re going to be standing in line for professional resume writers much like people are doing now for hand sanitizer and TP, which means you may be waiting for several weeks just to get a consultation appointment, much less kick off a project. Plus, Personal Touch Career Services is still offering our limited-time sale, which is designed to help people whose income took a hit because of COVID-19.
Finally, even if your current resume does make it to a hiring manager’s desk, when it’s placed next to a candidate with the same qualifications but who has been proactive and had their resume professionally rewritten, that candidate will get the interview over you.
A (very) short list of what your resume needs to ensure you get interviews includes:
- Needs to be keyword-aligned to the types of jobs you want to apply for, including “smart” and “stupid” keywords that are found in the job postings you want to apply to.
- Needs to have no more than 15 years of experience on it, including your most recent job, and each job should market you with quantifiable achievements.
- Needs to be properly formatted so it gets past the screening computers.
Much more goes into what a typical resume needs than just these three bullets; they are very strategic personal marketing documents and we would love to tell you more.
If you would like stand above other applicants when you apply for the jobs that are starting to be posted and make sure your resume gets you interviews, call us at 720-452-3400 or visit https://personaltouchcareerservices.com/contact/. If you happen to be a do-it-yourself kind of person, we have online classes that will show you how to write your own resume—check those out at: https://www.meetup.com/Brown-Bag-Job-Search-Group/