Write a convincing professional CV summary
Starting your CV (also commonly called a resume) with a well-written and concise summary is an excellent way to stand out and catch the attention of employers. A CV summary is a short paragraph outlining why you are an ideal candidate for a position. It should be tailored to each role you apply for and should mention your most notable qualifications, skills, and achievements in a few short sentences at the top of your resume.
Highlight your remote working skills
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many companies to embrace remote work and working from home with a moment’s notice. You should use your CV to demonstrate that can adapt to changing circumstance, that you work well autonomously, and that you are familiar with remote working software such as Trello, Google Drive, Microsoft Teams and Zoom. If you can highlight some of your professional accomplishments while working from home, or challenges that you overcame, you will be well ahead of the rest of the pack.
Focus on your accomplishments last year
Instead of glossing things over the difficulties of 2021, highlight some of your accomplishments during this challenging period, however small, to prove to potential employers that you are resilient and determined. We have seen some great CV’s outlining that although they were furloughed and dealing with ongoing employment uncertainty, they made use of their time to lose 10kgs and get fit. You might have used the time to read one self-help or educational book per week, or joined an impressive organisation providing voluntary help for those most in need. Perhaps you enrolled in or completed a course. All of these things will be really impressive and make you stand out for having a positive outlook when times are tough.