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Career placement expert speaks on job-hunting during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 7:04 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 09:11:36-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Thousands of people throughout Utah and millions more across the country are looking for employment after they were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Matthew Hilbig, a career placement expert with Organizational Consultants to Management/Lee Hecht Harrison, spoke with FOX 13 about some of the ways you can make your resume and LinkedIn profile stand out.

"The main thing is, you want to have your resume speak for you in such a way that it gets across the key areas of your skills [and] what is going to be most compelling to the individual firm that you're going to be applying to," Hilbig said. "A critical piece is talking to people, getting your resume in front of others, so that your odds are just so much better."

Hilbig said it's also important to have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile, as 98 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to search for job candidates.

More job-searching tips from Hilbig and Money magazine:


  • Customize based on what you’re applying for
  • Use reverse chronological order
  • Quantify accomplishments to make them more compelling
  • Use keywords and phrases
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread! Ask a trusted friend to review
  • Use more space for recent roles, less as you move back in time
  • Include a photo on your LinkedIn profile
  • DON'T
  • Share too much information
  • Assume anything
  • Limit yourself to one page
  • Neglect a summary
  • Include a photo with your resume

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