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Was Being Laid Off a Blessing in Disguise? 4 Tips to Improve Your Resume

April 16th, 2020

There are two ways to look at getting laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can see it as unfortunate or you can view it as a blessing in disguise. During times like these, it’s important to look for the positive in things and not dwell on the negative.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about wanting a promotion or a career change. The extra time many of us have on our hands because of self-isolation and social distancing is the perfect opportunity for you to do something about it. According to our Toronto recruiters, now is a great time to better understand your next career move and improve your resume. Here’s how:

1. Do Your Research

When was the last time you wrote a resume? Things change. Resume writing preferences and best practices change over time. Do some research to learn about what is acceptable today.

2. Tell a Better Story

What does your resume tell a hiring manager or recruiter about who you are? Look for ways to improve your resume and tell a more compelling story. This will help sell yourself as a better job candidate. How you tell your story should change based on the type of role, industry, and career level. Today, it’s more important than ever to show how you’re resilient, adaptive, and equipped to manage change.

Toronto recruiters give resume advice for job hunting during coronavirus pandemic

3. Highlight Your Technology Skills

Candidates with strong technical skills are in high demand. COVID-19 has shown just how important it is for companies to have employees who can use a variety of technology tools and quickly transition to remote working conditions. Highlight your experience with hardware, software, and cloud computing.

4. Get a Professional Opinion

Have you ever had your resume looked at by a professional resume writer, a mentor, or another trusted person working in your industry? Now is the time. Getting some outside eyes to take a look at your resume can help you vastly improve it. Others can look at it from a more objective perspective, identify ways for you to make it better, and come up with ideas you may not have considered.

Get More Resume Writing Tips From Toronto Headhunters

Check out these blogs by our Toronto recruiters to improve your resume and increase your chances of getting a call for a job interview:

Searching for an Executive Position? 4 Things You MUST Include on Your Resume

Are You Passing the Resume Skim Test? Most Candidates Don’t

Watch: 3 Common Resume Lies That Will Bite You in the A**

 


IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Adrian Robinson

Adrian is a Partner and team lead within IQ PARTNERS’ Marketing Services group. He has an innate ability to create strong, trust-based relationships, combined with deep industry knowledge and experience, and respect for the clients and candidates he works with. Adrian treats people well… and he has the track record of strong results and repeat business to prove it.

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