If you are one of the millions laid off due to COVID-19, now may seem like an overwhelming time to even consider applying for a new job. Yes, you should still keep applying to jobs during the pandemic. However, dusting off your resume and jumping back into the job search can be intimidating if you have been out of the job search for a while.
The important thing to know is that you aren’t alone in this job search struggle. Many HR managers realize the struggle that everyone is facing during this pandemic. While this has been a horrible experience, the silver lining is that many people are offering their editing services for free or at a discounted price. Here are some of the ways to get a quality resume or cover letter review during the COVID-19 crisis.
Hire someone to edit
It’s no secret that nearly every industry and business is going to take a financial hit. People who offer resume/cover letter review services realize this, and they aren’t interested in overcharging people who lost their job. Many have lowered their rates, making this an optimal time to get a review. I have seen some reviews for as cheap as $12.50 per hour on freelancer sites such as Upwork. Take a look at all of the prices offered and the writer’s credentials to find the perfect fit.
Look on LinkedIn
Another amazing way to find people who will review your resume or cover letter for free is on LinkedIn. Many HR professionals are offering to look at these materials for free in an effort to help people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. You will be able to find these people by searching hashtags on the social platform.
Some of the most popular hashtags include #resumeservices, #resumereview, #covid19 and #resumehelp. It may also be helpful to look up HR professionals and see if they are offering their services. Now is a great time to take advantage of a hiring managers advice for free.
Free resume sites
There are also free sites where you can get your resume in front of employers. Sites such as Indeed have a hashtag “readytowork” that allows employers to find you. Other sites such as CareerBuilder and ZipRecruiter offer free resume postings and settings to allow employers to find you.
There are many freelance writing groups on Facebook. Guaranteed, if you post in one of these groups that you are looking for a job materials review, you will get many responses back. It’s simple to join these groups. Some of the top ones are “Binders Full of Writing Jobs”, “Binders Full of Entry Level Content & Writers Jobs” and “Dreamers // Doers: Jobs & Gigs.”
These groups are filled with many qualified writing professionals. Many are also willing to work with your budget. Be sure to check out their work and their website to see which freelancer you’d like to work with. (Side note: these groups are also a great way to make some extra cash or find a full-time job posting for creatives!)
Take advantage of the free or discounted services being offered right now. In a time of so much uncertainty and loss, writing professionals and HR directors are offering valuable information for amazing prices. Now is the time freshen up your resume and write a strong cover letter to find your next job.