Published On: Mon, Sep 21st, 2020

How to make the most of resume templates during pandemic

It is not an easy task to dig into your document folder to search for your resume especially when you have not required it all these years. However, many people are facing the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic that has led to job loss and lay-offs. 

If you are one of the many that have been laid-off, do not worry because you are not the only one in the boat. This is the ideal time to modify your resume, regardless of whether you are using a manually written profile or resume templates

Let us see how you can now feed into the rich years of experience into your resume, which you have not done as yet in all these years. Believe me; you will experience a sense of fulfillment that you have come a long way. 

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And as far as looking for another job is concerned after all these years of toiling; it is simply because of the pandemic the aftermath of which many have been facing too. 

You can do the following to give a facelift or to revamp your CV-


  • Review your old CV format


Go through the format of your old CV. If you think that it requires a few changes here and there, go for it. As far as resume formats are concerned, not all employers’ approach is the same. 

While few will not pay heed to the format rather look into your qualities and experience and what makes you unique, others might relate your existing CV format to your capabilities. So, depending on what company you are approaching for a job, you can re-format or rework upon your CV once more. 


  • Write a summary or your career objectives


An important aspect that you must include in your CV is that make sure you include a paragraph or few lines about your career objectives now that you have had to face an unforeseen situation of a lay-off. Remember, your confidence must reflect in what you write. 

You were an asset for your previous employer but it was due to the pandemic that the company was not able to retain good employees like you since there was a financial shortfall and the company had to cut down on costs. 


  • Go through the job profile


Depending on what you have applied for, study the job role and understand what you are expected to do at your new workplace. By doing so, you will be in a better position to understand what your employer is looking for in a candidate. 

You will also be able to highlight the key skills and your areas of specialization by focusing more on what the employer wants and accordingly revamp the resume. 


  • Let your resume reflect how you can be an asset 


Work upon the areas that you are skilled in and incorporate suitable keywords in your resume, even if that means you are using resume templates. Allow your new employer to know how you made a difference in your previous organization and how you were a team player. 


  • Never disregard your previous employer


Even if you have been laid-off by your previous employer during the pandemic, never criticize them. Everyone has limitations and perhaps this is one such instance when you could not be retained. It surely does have an adverse impact on your household but this is a temporary phase and you will overcome the same with determination and a positive mind set. 

So, if you are looking for a job amidst the pandemic, make sure you develop a resume that speaks volumes about yourself and narrates a positive impression to all. 

Author: Jimmy Simond


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