Why the quarantine is the right time to get ahead of other candidates by updating your resume

While your resume should technically be a living document, something you’re always working on and updating, if you’ve been waiting for the right time to finally update your career trajectory and skillset there’s no better time to give it an overhaul than right now. Yep, you heard that right. There’s no better time than a global pandemic to make sure your resume is up-to-date and ready to go.

Why is a quarantine the right time to get your career experience into shape? Well, as the global economy continues to shift, being on top of your game is more valuable than ever—and career coaches and human resources experts agree. Here, we spoke to a handful of HR-savvy individuals to see why right now is the ideal time to get ahead of other candidates and get your resume in shape.

The future is uncertain for everyone

“Now is the perfect time to update your resume simply because the future is uncertain right now,” explains Debra Boggs, MSM, Co-Founder of D&S Professional Coaching in Maine. “Many people have come to me in the past few weeks because they were unexpectedly laid off, even though they thought their job was safe.” According to Boogs, having a polished, updated resume ready when you need it is much less stressful than trying to put one together during a personal crisis or when you are under pressure to start your job search immediately. 

Remote jobs are becoming more available.

“Hiring is still happening and those who are eager to get working again or change jobs need to be prepared,” says Lora B. Poepping, President of Plum Coaching & Consulting in Seattle. “While a resume is an important tool in your job search, it also also informs the content of your LinkedIn profile.” While people are sheltering in place or paralyzed by their fears around job searching during a pandemic, candidates who have an updated resume will be ahead of the curve. “Now is the time to be prepared, to be ready at a moment’s notice. Avoid the scramble and show up as prepared.” added Poepping.

You have more free time than ever before.

Social isolation in the COVID crisis has created additional time for professionals who no longer have to commute or engage in after hours socializing and as a potential job candidate, it is optimal to use this time to update and polish your resume. “Use your time to examine the skills, experience and contributions you especially want to showcase,” suggests According to Shefali Raina, Certified Professional Coach and Founder of Alpha Lane Partners in New York. “Look at the roles you potentially might be interested in and folks who are in those roles and learn from their resumes. Be authentic but updated.”

It’s always the right time to update your resume.

You know the old saying, ‘stay ready so you don’t have to get ready?’ Marissa Lee, Career Activist, Founder & CEO of SOW EVOLVE, urges you to apply that same thinking to your resume. “If an opportunity pops up are you ready to capitalize on it? If you haven’t updated your resume in awhile you want to make sure you take some time to capture your latest successes!”

Wondering what’s missing from your own resume? If you’re hoping to get ahead of other candidates by giving your resume an overdue overhaul, there’s no harm in seeking professional help—in fact, it could be what brings your CV to the top of the pile.

These days, resume writing advisors like TopResume ensure that your career experience is a logical narrative that highlights exactly what recruiters are looking for. What’s more,  professional resume writers will also ensure your resume is packed with the right keywords to get you through any Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) put in place to pick out highly relevant candidates.