Is Your Resume Ready for the U.S. Job Market to Reopen?

Jun 18, 2020

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Career Expert, ZipJob

An average of 250 resumes are sent for a single opening. See how Zipjob uses professional writers and technology to get your resume noticed.

To land one of the 2.5 million jobs recently added to the U.S. economy, you have to know who’s hiring and what they’re looking for. Here are 3 tips for preparing your resume as the U.S. job market heats up.

For many millions of then nation’s employees, the last few months have been more than a little tumultuous. Forced business shutdowns sent tens of millions of people to the unemployment lines, with no clear indication of how long their joblessness might last.

Over the course of the last several weeks, however, many states have gradually reopened, allowing businesses and their employees to get back to work. In the last week alone, LinkedIn shows more than 800,000 new jobs in the USA, and Indeed has nearly 435,000.

If you are an unemployed worker eager to get back in the workforce during this reopening, it is vital to make sure that your resume is ready to help you land a job. Here are a few tips from the career experts at Zipjob to help you optimize your resume for the 2020 U.S. job market as the economy reopens.

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Update Your Resume to Cover the Recent Gap

One of the first things you should do is update your resume to explain any change in employment caused by the recent economic shutdown. Whether you were unemployed, furloughed, or took a short-term job due to a company shutdown, it’s important to detail your work activities over the last several months.

The most important thing is to be honest about the gap. The shutdowns have been widespread, so no employer is going to be surprised to see that short-term change in employment on your resume. You can also include a brief explanation in your cover letter.

For example:

“My twelve-year employment with ABC Industries was ended when the company was forced to suspend operations after being declared non-essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. During my three-month period of unemployment, I have worked to expand my [insert core skills] skills in preparation for rejoining the workforce.”

For more great tips on handling resume gaps, check out our recent article, How to Deal with Employment Gaps on Resume.

Skills and Certifications Employers Want to See

As you prepare your resume for the 2020 U.S. job market, you should be cognizant of the job skills today’s employers need. If you have been out of the job-seeking market for a while, you may be surprised to see how those needs have changed in recent years.

2020’s employers often place a premium on skills that were virtually unknown just a few short years ago: artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, cloud computing, and others.

In addition to technical skills, employers are looking for soft skills such as creativity, emotional intelligence, collaboration, and adaptability. Our article, Most In-Demand Job Skills for 2020, offers a more complete list of those prized skills.

Format Your Resume to Optimize Your Online Job Search

You should make sure that your resume is properly formatted to boost your online job search. 75% of resumes don’t pass an ATS test, and it’s more likely to be caused by bad formatting or lack of keyword optimization than lack of qualifications. To increase your chances, focus on a chronological resume format, with a powerful summary and an emphasis on your hard and soft skills.

💡ZipTip: refer to our guide on the Top 10 Tips to Get Your Resume Past ATS Scans.

Though the economy added a record 2.5 million jobs last month as businesses have started to reopen, it’s vital to understand that hiring continues to be led by a select group of industries. As Forbes recently noted, the dental, beauty and wellness, logistics, and delivery industries have been bright spots for new hires.

Finally, take advantage of our great resume examples to help guide you as you work to update your resume for the 2020 U.S. job market. Zipjob started posting professional resume samples in May, along with expert advice and a downloadable template design for ATS scans.

Here are three examples for your 2020 job search:

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Dental Hygienist Resume Example
Wellness Coach Resume Example
Wellness Coach Resume Example
Logistics Officer Resume
Logistics Officer Resume Example

💡ZipTip: view 200+ more professional resume samples for all industries, along with a guide to writing resumes from our experts.

Summary

With millions of Americans headed back to work as the nation’s lockdowns gradually come to an end, it’s important for job seekers to be ready to reenter the workforce. Your resume is a vital part of that preparation. By updating and optimizing it, you can dramatically increase your chances of quickly landing a great job.

This article was written in collaboration with Ken Chase, who has 15 years of experience writing about the economy, fintech, tech trends, and career advice.

Caitlin Proctor is a career expert with Zipjob. She helps strategic job seekers leverage digital tools to optimize resumes and win jobs. See more of her career advice at zipjob.com.

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