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How to Update Your Resume During a Recession and After Coronavirus

Let’s face it, the coronavirus is adding many levels of uncertainty to most of our lives. Not the least of which is—will you have a job when this is over? Maybe you’ve even lost your job already and are starting to think about what you have to do. One good thing about being quarantined is it likely gives you time to work on things you normally put off to another time. Here are three things you can do to help update our resume during the recession we’ll find ourselves in as the coronavirus pans out.

Upgrade your online presence. More than likely, any new potential boss will check out all of your social media before hiring you. Now is a great time to sharpen every bit of information about yourself that anyone else could find online. See how many more connections you can get on LinkedIn (and check in with a few contacts in your industry as well). Clean up your Facebook and Instagram sites so they are nothing but professional. Watch your Twitter feed as well for anything that will offend a potential boss.

Learn new skills and add them to your resume. During any downtime you find yourself in, it’s also a good time to learn some new skills. Watch videos on a new software used in your industry. Go back into the work force knowing more than when you went into this quarantine. It’s fun and relaxing to sit and watch movies all day, and sometimes you’ll need that mental break from the stress, but also discipline yourself to take advantage of this time to learn new skills and then add them to your resume.

Monitor your key words. It’s inevitable that many potential employers will just scan your resume, even if it’s the best one they’ve ever seen. Most managers are just too busy to take more time than that, especially during initial screenings. If you want to stand out against your competition, make sure you put the key words that relate to your career on your resume. For example, if you’re in sales, use words like “achieved” and “closed” and include statistics as well. These things make your resume jump to the top.

A recession is a time of difficulty for businesses and higher unemployment. It’s inevitable that we’ll experience this type of reality as the coronavirus leaves its mark on the world’s economy. However, all is not lost. You can use this time to come out on top. Start with the three steps above so your resume is even more impressive than before this crisis.

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