The Résumé Tips That Landed Me a Post-Grad Job During Covid

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Applying for a job at any point in your life can be an incredibly daunting task. Between the anticipation of hearing back and trying to remember to incorporate all of the résumé tips you’ve accumulated over time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed during the entire process.

As a postgraduate student in this new age of COVID, job searching has had its ups and downs. I’m so incredibly thankful to have recently been able to get a post-grad job during this time, although the struggles and frustrations in scoring one has taken its toll, to say the least.

This month marks International Update Your Résumé Month, and over time, I’ve been able to discover quite a few tips that I credit to getting me where I am today. 

For those who are in the same boat, my first reminder is that, no matter how discouraging things may feel, never give up on your job search. You are closer to that one “yes” than you think! 

Below are some tips I incorporated into my most recent job search:

1. Use Social Media to Your Advantage

One of the most frequent things I did while on my job search was use social media to find potential jobs, contacts, and make connections with those in my desired field. You’d be amazed at how many opportunities you can find related to your desired niche on the social media platforms you use daily. 

For me, I scoped out those who worked in the field I was interested in and developed a connection with them. This ended up giving me a lot of leads for more opportunities to apply to that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Aside from that, it’s always great to connect with others in the field you’d like to work in, as they can give great advice along the way.

2. Keep Your Résumé to One Page 

One recurring tip that I learned throughout college was to keep my résumé to one page. It makes sense to want to include all of your experiences with plenty of detail on your résumé, but you might have to leave some on the cutting-room floor to keep it to one laid-out page. That one page is straight and to the point, and will be easy for employers to read.

Besides, you can always expand on your other related endeavors later on, like during the job interview.

3. Hold Onto Examples of Your Work

If you’re in the creative field like myself, having examples of your work adds a visual element that your résumé may not be able to show. This can apply to other fields, as well, by simply having pictures or videos of your work, or even outlines or plans that you’ve created as it relates to the field you're going into.

4. Talk to People You Know

Sometimes the people around you have more connections than you’d ever expect. Everyone has a background and has come across some pretty amazing people along the way, just as you have. 

It never hurts to ask your friends or family members about any opportunities they may be aware about. Trust me, this is a step I always avoided, but once I started doing it, a multitude of opportunities were revealed. The answer is always "no" unless you ask.

5. Remind Yourself That You'll End Up Where You’re Meant to Be

As cheesy as this may sound, keeping a positive mindset made the job-searching process a lot more pleasant for me. It’s important that, during this time, we give ourselves some leeway to be extra kind to ourselves, as we are all navigating through difficult times. 

One of my favorite reminders that I always replayed in my head throughout this process is that, no matter what, I’ll always end up where I’m meant to be, even if I’m not quite seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. For one, you are not alone in this process at all and there is plenty of opportunity out there, even during the most arduous of times.

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