You need a strong resume to catch the attention of recruiters to get that ever-important interview request. Much like many things in your life have changed, what you include in your resume has changed. Is your resume up to date? Does it address the pandemic, remote roles, and new technology skills? The types of skills, experience, and qualifications employers are seeking has shifted. Here’s how to update your resume to find a job in 2021:
make it easy to skim
Recruiters only spend a few seconds looking at a resume before deciding if it goes in the yes or no pile. With so many people competing for jobs, you can expect some fierce competition for available jobs in 2021. It’s very important to make your resume scannable so readers can immediately identify your credentials and fit as a potential top candidate.
Use bullet points and subheadings to make the most important information very easy to read. Cut out anything that is not relevant.
address the pandemic
2020 was a challenging year for all. For many, it meant getting laid off, furloughed, having to take time off to care for others, or even a job loss. Speak to how you managed yourself. How were you resilient? Did you take a temporary job after you were laid off? Did you learn new skills? Did you take on additional responsibilities and do things outside the scope of your job description to help your company stay afloat? How you reacted during these trying times will say a lot about your character and how you manage change.
adjust it to include remote roles
The types of jobs available in 2021 are changing. Expect to see more remote roles than ever before. A lot of these will be permanent remote roles, not just remote until we overcome the pandemic. Adjust your resume to factor this into your candidacy. You can do this by including more skills and relevant experience related to working remotely. For example, include technology and digital communication skills.
update to pass application tracking systems (ATS)
The number of companies using applicant tracking systems continues to rise. Adjust your resume to include important keywords and phrases that companies are looking for in the screening process. Review the job description and ensure you have the right skills and qualifications listed based on the role.
include a personal branding statement
Objective statements are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Personal branding statements and executive summaries are in. Include a brief headline followed by a short statement that introduces your skills, experience, and unique value. Tell employers why you are different and a better candidate.
put your accomplishments on display
Saying what you can do is one thing but outlining measurable accomplishments and ways you’ve contributed to previous roles say a lot more. Highlight awards and distinctions. Use statistics and numbers to give more context to the impact you have had. Use your accomplishments to answer how you have helped your employers reach their goals and objectives.
Your resume is a dynamic document. You should always be updating it as you acquire new skills and experience. Adjust it to match the current job market and to reflect what employers are looking for in top candidates.