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Is your resume recession-ready? Three tips to make sure!

Job searches can be stressful during the best of times, but looking for employment during a recession is especially challenging. It's likely you're up against many more candidates than usual, making it even more important that your resume sets you apart from the crowd. Check out the three tips below to make sure your resume is recession proof!


Rule 1 - Update Often

Your resume should be a living, breathing document. If you've been comfortable in the same role for a while, updating your resume may not be top of mind. However, it's no secret that many people find themselves unexpectedly in the job market during a recession, and the last thing you want is to be rushing to add recent experience to a resume while other candidates are sending in their applications. As a general rule, revisit your resume every six months. To reach superstar level, make a point to update your resume every time you finish a significant project, complete a new certification or training, receive a notable award or acknowledgement of your work, and so on!


Rule 2 - Tailor to the Job You Want

If you're using the same resume to apply to a variety of opportunities, it's likely you're not getting noticed as often as you should. Many employers use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). ATS is an automation software that scans and ranks job applications, discarding resumes that are a poor match before they ever reach a recruiter's eyes! Before you hit that Apply button, make sure to use the right keywords and phrases when describing your skills and experience. It's critical that you read the job description in detail and identify the keywords your potential employer will look for in applications. Be truthful, of course, but make sure you tailor your resume content to the job posting.


Rule 3 - Build a Strong Skill Set

Stay focused on your professional development. Making sure your skills and experience are aligned with current industry demands can be what sets your resume apart from other job applicants! Regardless of industry or role, there are always new skills and tools you can add to your skill set (and your resume!). Make a point of taking on opportunities to learn new industry-standard processes or procedures, take classes or trainings, and participate in employer-sponsored certification programs. And if your employer doesn't chip in for professional development (shame on them!) or you're currently unemployed, explore free options: look into programs at your local library or park district, or check out learning content on the internet.


Recessions are anxiety-inducing. Set yourself up for success the best you can by making sure your resume is ready for anything!


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