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These Resume Building Tips Can Go A Long Way in The ‘New World’

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Building a strong resume in these tough times will help in unsaid way. Pixabay

BY ADITI ROY

The global economy is experiencing a change like never before; across economic and social sectors, the “new normal” of the job market is all set to change. As GDP growth remains stagnant strong resume building becomes imperative.

The demand for skills will change as well and for the current workforce there may be an ardent need for learning and upskilling oneself at a regular interval.

Businesses across industries are staring at a period marked by uncertainty. The influx of unemployed people into the job market implies the need to stand out to land a job. Creating a recovery plan, cultivating resilience, exploring career options, updating one’s resume, networking virtually, and improving job search and interview skills has become the need of the hour. In the current scenario, it’s even more important to show that one has the ability to overcome and face challenges, say experts.

“The global economy has indeed been shaken by the COVID-19 outbreak, leading to a surge in people applying for jobs due to unemployment. In order to stand out, job seekers need to align to companies and the roles they seek – the central idea should be that of creating value. Professionals should clearly identify their skills. Further, the ability to adapt and showcase transferable skills can significantly improve your chances of landing that crucial first interview. It is also important to use all the tools and resources you have at your disposal to showcase not only hard skills, but demonstrate confidence, reliability and authenticity,” said Ruchee Anand, Director, LinkedIn Talent and Learning Solutions, India.

Here are 7 tips to write a strong resume in the times of economic uncertainty:

Grab attention up top: A lot of people create a generic resume/CV and cover letter that they spray out to as many potential employers as possible. Rather than being known simply as someone who ‘wants a job’, be a person who ‘creates value’. Avoid writing the general career summary and instead give the recruiter a quantifiable career snapshot that includes key points and successes from your career. Showcase expertise by highlighting industry-specific keywords and hard skills upfront in the form of bulleted lists that can help one’s profile stand out.

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Resume building will be a piece of cake with these advices. Pixabay

Use ‘call-outs’: As a part of your resume, use call-outs that are visual, break up content and allow the eye to focus its attention on important points you want to make sure the employer will see. Including one’s, most noteworthy accomplishments can be especially useful to attract a hiring manager or applicant tracking system’s attention.

Try a video resume: Another way to stand out is through a video resume which can showcase something from your career background that’s sure to impress the hiring manager, especially if you tell it in the form of a story. The trick here is to be brief, specific and add a call-to-action.

Update your professional profile: Chances are that recruiters and hiring managers will also look at your profile. Making an impactful profile is essential – begin with updating the basics such as your profile photo and previous work experiences. Highlighting skills you’ve cultivated in previous positions is important in helping you rise to the top of the candidate pool. In fact, members with five or more skills listed on their LinkedIn profiles are discovered up to 27 times more in searches by recruiters.

Choose the best resume format: Depending on your personal and professional circumstances, choose between a chronological, functional, combination, or targeted resume depending on what fits your work experience, educational background, and skill set. Use a resume template as a starting point that allows for personal customization. Add your information to the resume template, and look at resume samples.

Ditch the one-size-fits-all resume: More than 50 per cent of professionals find it challenging to customize their resume for a specific role. Optimize your resume according to job descriptions, and write a custom resume for every job. Use subtle colour highlights to draw attention to important details. You can mould your own writing style to suit both employers and software bots. The trick is to use the right keywords but not copy another resume or job profile. Keep your resume under two pages as both software bots and hiring managers prefer concise, shorter resumes.

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Transferable skills will be key: In the new normal, adding transferable skills like communication skills (such as speaking, listening, and writing), problem-solving strategic planning, project management, and decision making etc.), interpersonal skills (leadership, empathy and customer service) and organisational skills (e.g. reliability, time management) can significantly improve your chances of reaching the first interview stage. These skills prove effective when you want to change careers and switch industries as these abilities and talents are not industry-specific. (IANS)

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More Indian Professionals Are Spending Time Learning Online : LinkedIn

According to a new survey by LinkedIn more Indian professionals will spend time online learning

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3 in 5 Indian professionals to spend more time on online learning says LinkedIn. Pixabay

Realising the importance to remain relevant in a shrinking job market during the Covid-19 lockdown times, more than three in five Indian professionals (63 per cent) will increase their time spent on online learning, a new LinkedIn survey said on Tuesday.

While 60 per cent of Indian professionals want to gain more industry knowledge, 57 per cent aim to learn how they can advance in their careers, and 45 per cent wish to better their communication capabilities through online learning, revealed LinkedIn’s third �Workforce Confidence Index’, a fortnightly pulse on the confidence of the Indian workforce.

“A diverse set of skills can take you a long way in this uncertain climate, therefore upskilling has emerged as the need of the hour and it is encouraging to see Indian professionals leverage online learning to navigate the challenges,” said said Ruchee Anand, Director, LinkedIn Talent and Learning Solutions, India.

The time spent in viewing LinkedIn Learning content by Indian professionals has jumped up by 176 per cent in the past two months. “We have also made more than 275 LinkedIn Learning courses free globally to help members develop transferable skills, become resilient, and adapt to the changing business landscape with ease,” Anand added.

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63 per cent of Indian professionals will increase their time spent on online learning. Pixabay

The survey said 43 per cent of Indian professionals want to learn better time management, stay organised, and prioritise better. “It is not always about professional learning as 40 per cent of Indians say they want to learn something interesting and unrelated to their line of work, while 30 per cent wish to improve their emotional well-being,” it added.

Since the rise of remote working in March, LinkedIn Learning content has seen the biggest surge from managers, students and senior professionals.

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Globally, learners watched nearly four million hours of LinkedIn Learning content in March alone. Remote working and productivity courses were top picks for Indians, according to the survey findings of 2,323 respondents. (IANS)

 

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88% Indian Professionals Believe Having Right Connections Important for Success: LinkedIn

88% Indians believe right connections key to career growth: LinkedIn

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Members of the professional network in India living in metro cities are 1.76x more likely to have a stronger network than those living in non-metro areas, showed the findings which are part of LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2020 report. Pixabay

About 88 per cent of Indian professionals believe that having the right connections is important to get ahead in life, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn said on Wednesday.

Members of the professional network in India living in metro cities are 1.76x more likely to have a stronger network than those living in non-metro areas, showed the findings which are part of LinkedIn Opportunity Index 2020 report.

The results showed that Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi NCR are the top three regions with people with stronger networks, with members in Bengaluru leading the national average.

Members who attend a top university are 1.53x more likely to have a stronger network than those who did not.

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Ironically, the results also showed that only 13 per cent of Indian professionals are looking for networking opportunities.

This vast difference between awareness and action suggests that while young professionals in India aspire for stronger networks, they lack necessary direction and guidance to build these networks.

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About 88 per cent of Indian professionals believe that having the right connections is important to get ahead in life, Microsoft-owned LinkedIn said. Pixabay

This barrier is visible across Asia Pacific, with a majority of respondents (51 per cent) believing that a lack of networks is a difficult barrier to overcome and this is mainly because they lack the confidence and guidance on how to go about building a network.

“It is important for our members to know that they are not alone in these times of social distancing. By staying connected virtually, professionals can help each other seek new opportunities, connections, and navigate challenges together,” Ashutosh Gupta, India Country Manager, LinkedIn, said in a statement.

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“It is our constant endeavour to ensure that people with equal talent have equal access to opportunities, and we are seeing the community come together to give help and get help like never before,” Gupta said.

The report, based on responses from more than 30,000 participants, suggests that networking and mentorship are among the top most opportunities sought after by Indian professionals. (IANS)

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LinkedIn to Recruit People for Urgent Jobs Amid the Pandemic

COVID-19: LinkedIn offers free job postings for critical roles

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LinkedIn said that it is offering free job postings, promoting urgent jobs and hiring resources to companies from industries in critical need. Pixabay

In a bid to help fight against the new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), Microsoft-owned professional networking platform LinkedIn on Thursday said that it is offering free job postings, promoting urgent jobs and hiring resources to companies from industries in critical need.

LinkedIn is offering companies and organisations in healthcare (including medical device, medical practice and mental health care), supermarket, warehousing and freight delivery, as well as disaster relief non-profit organisations the ability to post jobs for free on the platform — from April 1 to June to 30 � and hire people needed to fill these mission-critical roles.

“We are hearing heroic stories of how those on the frontlines are working around the clock to protect the public. It’s clear, however, that more help is needed to fill the most urgent open roles,” Ruchee Anand, Director of Talent and Learning Solutions, India at LinkedIn said in a statement.

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LinkedIn has also heard from its healthcare staffing customers that they need help hiring for critical healthcare roles. Pixabay

“That is why we are bolstering our efforts to help accelerate the hiring of people with relevant skills that are most needed in India right now,” Anand added. According to the professional networking platform, the company is helping job seekers with the right skills to quickly find open roles by promoting them on our Jobs page.

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For instance, frontline healthcare roles, such as doctors and nurses, will be automatically added to a list of �urgent’ jobs, which will be surfaced to LinkedIn members with relevant skills.

LinkedIn members that have relevant skills that fit these open roles will receive automatic real-time alerts and emails that inform them so that they can apply immediately. The company has also heard from its healthcare staffing customers that they need help hiring for critical healthcare roles.

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To help support their surge hiring needs, LinkedIn is offering access to ‘LinkedIn Talent Insight’s for three months to give our customers real-time data and insights to identify critical healthcare professionals efficiently.

They have expanded its ‘Recruiting For Good’ programme to deploy its own team of recruiters to help source and screen talent for organisations on the front lines so that these organisations can fill urgent paid and volunteer positions. (IANS)