The Pandemic-Résumé

Lesson Plan:  The Pandemic-Resistant Résumé

Word Inference

  1. résumé |ˈrezəˌmā| noun 1 North American a brief account of a person’s education, qualifications, and previous experience, typically sent with a job application.
  2. recruiter |rəˈkro͞odər| noun a person whose job is to enlist or enroll people as employees, in the armed forces, or as members of an organization: a recruiter will schedule you for an interview | military recruiters.
  3. Format: |ˈfôrˌmat| noun the way in which something is arranged or set out: the format of  a book or periodical.
  4. database |ˈdadəˌbāsˈdādəˌbās| noun a structured set of data held in a computer, especially one that is accessible in various ways.
  5. crucial |ˈkro͞oSHəl| adjective decisive or critical, especially in the success or failure of something: negotiations were at a crucial stage. • of great importance: this game is crucial to our survival.
  6. strategies |ˈstradəjē| noun (plural strategies) a plan of action or policy designed to achieve a major or overall aim: time to develop a coherent economic strategy | shifts in marketing strategy.
  7. candidate |ˈkandiˌdātˈkandidət| noun a person who applies for a job or is nominated for election: candidates applying for this position should be computer-literate | the Republican candidate.
  8. keyword |ˈkēˌwərd| noun a word or concept of great significance: homes and jobs are the keywords in the campaign; an informative word used in an information retrieval system to indicate the content of a document.
  9. relevant |ˈreləvənt| adjective closely connected or appropriate to what is being done or considered: what small companies need is relevant advice | the candidate’s experience is relevant to the job.
  10. disadvantage |ˌdisədˈvan(t)ij| noun an unfavorable circumstance or condition that reduces the chances of success or effectiveness: a major disadvantage is the limited nature of the data | the impact of poverty and disadvantage on children.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

GRAMMAR: Prepositions

Résumé design and formats are relatively static, too. A job seeker might find herself using the same format to apply for a type of job that didn’t even exist when she first created a document with her name and address at the top and work history in bullet points below. That’s because while the basics of the résumé itself haven’t changed, the audience has.

Reading Comprehension Fill-ins

Unlike those seeking jobs in the days of faxed and mailed résumés, today’s job candidates might apply for one position through a company’s job portal, have their résumés uploaded and stored in a database, and then be matched with a different role at the same company months or years later.