Many states in the U.S., including the state of Georgia, have been on lockdown since WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This has led to many workers being furloughed, and several businesses shut down without hope of returning to operations ever again. However, the good news is that Georgia is partially lifting the lockdown order, and companies in Atlanta, Perimeter, Roswell, Decatur, Dunwoody and other Metro Atlanta areas are beginning to reopen their operations.
Given that many people have lost their jobs in recent months, there will be a torrent of resumes hitting the manager’s desks of reopened businesses. Thus, if you want to be considered first for opportunities in front desk, customer service, billings, back office, executive assistant, or any position at all, your resume must stand out from the pack.
In light of this, here’s a review of the Rules for Resumes in 2020, post-COVID19.
- Your Resume Is a Demonstration of Your Software Skills
You cannot apply for a front desk, billings, or an executive assistant job without having proficient computer software skills. Your computer software proficiency can easily be detected from how your resume looks. Always remember that grammatical and formatting errors are very glaring. If you cannot check your own work, how can an employer trust you to be accurate with their work? So, ensure the following when creating your resume:
- It needs to be visually appealing to the eye
- If you are talking about your current job, it should be written in the present tense
- If you are talking about your past position, it should be written in the past tense
- Do not use too many ‘I’s. “There is no I in team?
- There must be no grammar, spelling, or typo errors.
- Who Are You?
Many people make the mistake of providing very scanty information about themselves. You are not the President of America; potential employers want to know more than your name. They want to see what you’ve done, accomplished and plans for the future. Think of it as you pitching yourself for a position in one catchy paragraph. Below is a list of important information you should provide:
- A brief synopsis about who you are
- What you have accomplished
- What you are looking for
- Need to Know Where You Live
Some employers are specific about the areas they want their employees to reside. Atlanta is a vast metropolitan area where an hour commute is not uncommon. Living closer to the prospective office can give you the edge over another medical or administrative candidate. However, your exact address is not necessary. Zip code will suffice.
- Have an Appropriate Email Address
Sticking to your name and surname has always proved to be a great combination for a professional email address. If the name is taken, you can throw in a combination of numbers. Bear in mind that:
- Having a ‘cute’ or inappropriate email address does not showcase to the prospective employer your professionalism.
- Be Truthful with the Dates and Status of Your Prior and Current Employer
In a bid to not appear busy on date gaps on resumes, younger/older, or very experienced, people resort to lying. If your resume states that you worked with your current employer from 2018 to date, and phone verification confirms that you are no longer there, it does not speak well about your character. So, you need to:
- Be specific with the month/date/ year when you started and completed each position
- Resume Needs to be in Bullet Form
Do not make your resume cramped up with information like it’s a newspaper. A cramped resume makes for a boring read, and recruiters are more likely to pass over and not consider them. Keep the following in mind:
- No mini novels, please. It is not a job description
- It is a list of your accomplishments
- What was your position?
- What did you do?
Recruiters don’t want to squint before they can read your resume. So, make sure that it is clear and legible. To achieve this:
- Font should be big but not too big
- Font should be darker
- Who have you worked for/with?
Your prospective employer needs to know the organizations you’ve worked for or with. Beyond their names, ensure your resume also provides the following:
- A brief one-liner about the companies listed on your resume.
- The status of the company. That is, is the company global, national, or regional? What industry is it in? Large, medium or small?
- Social Media
There is a world of information that can be traced to years ago about the contents you share and interact with on social media. Employers are taking advantage of the internet to run background checks on prospects. A quick Google search has ruined many opportunities. So, you should do the following:
- Clean up all social media profiles.
- Provide a ‘clickable’ link to your LinkedIn page
Along with your degree(s) or schooling, do you have any professional certifications? Your prospective employer needs to know about them. So, go ahead and list all relevant certifications, and make sure that they are current too.
With these ten resume rules, you will be one step ahead of your competitors in landing a job post-COVID19. If you need help finding open positions in the medical industry, you can reach out to us at RG Staffing today!