Ever wanted to know what employers are looking for on a resume? Or what to write on your resume when you have very little experience or moving into a new career path? We are continuing with our blog series on answering frequently asked questions about resumes and cover letters from our customers. Here we go!
What are employers looking for in a resume for 2021?
In any other year, this would seem like a silly question, but given how COVID has affected the work environment, this question carries a lot of merits.
In short, employers are looking for candidates that can work independently and employees that can maintain a work-life balance. Try incorporating some of the following keywords in your resume:
- Able to work independently
- Project and results-oriented
- Able to delegate projects
- Deliver projects on time
When you make it past the initial applicant screening stage, make sure to read our blog on How to Nail Your Virtual Interview During Covid
What skills should I list on my resume?
Similar to the previous section, what employers are looking for above and beyond your qualification for the role, is how you will be able to meet deadlines and complete projects while working remotely. Here are a few more skills you can think about including in your 2021 resume:
- Proficient with remote working hardware and software
- Experience with leading virtual meetings and presentations
- Excellent communication skills
If you are still looking for additional resume tips for 2021 check out 5 Resume Tips for 2021.
What do I put on my first resume with no experience?
So you have just (or are about to be) graduated from high school or college and wondering what to put on your resume? We help hundreds of students write their first resumes and successfully land their first dream job. Here are a few key points to keep in mind when you write your first resume:
- Keep your resume to one page
- Make sure to mention a few school projects you were part of
- Make sure to mention your achievements in your courses or projects
- Maintain contact with your teachers and professors for future reference it
- Find a way to match your school courses to the responsibilities in your upcoming roll
Make sure to take a look at this blog before you start writing your resume: The 2021 Resume Tips for Students and New Grads
What do you say when applying for a job with no experience?
So maybe you are not a new student or grad, but you have very little experience. Not to worry, employers understand that not everyone will have 15 or 20 years of experience.
What employers are looking for from new grads and people with little experience is their ability to learn new skills and be team players. Here are a few things that we always include:
- Research the company and figure out ways your interest and past experiences align with their products or services
- Become familiar with the company’s product or service and demonstrate knowledge or even provide a way to improve their product
- Use examples from your school or personal life that you can apply to the role
- Let them know that you are a very quick learner and that you are interested in a long-term career with the company
Even if you are not new to the jobs market it would be worth checking out our recent blog 5 Resume tips from a former Hiring Manager.
If you are still not sure about the strength of your resume let us review it for you. It’s a free resume review, but we will provide you with at least five resume tips directly from our hiring managers.