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Looking for a job? 3 tips for rebuilding your resume

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Posted at 2:37 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 13:34:52-04

If you are looking for a job right now, you have to ensure you stand-out from the crowd on just a sheet of paper.

Your resume is the first way employers decide whether or not you are the person they want to talk to about a position.

The Rebound Arizona is looking at how you can rebuild yours, get a new job, or even get a new job that is completely out of your normal career path.

"This is going to be a new opportunity for a lot of people," said Cindy Parnell.

Some of those people have never been out of a job before. This is the first time they have had to start over.

Arizona State University's Cindy Parnell tells ABC15 Arizona, there is a chance to step out of your career comfort zone.

"They kind of are set in this box at the moment," asked ABC15. "That, 'If I worked in the restaurant industry, I have to continue working in the restaurant industry.' There is a way for people to branch out with those transferrable skills, right?"

"Absolutely," Parnell responded. "And think of the skill sets that are developed in hospitality..."

Parnell is the Executive Director of ASU's Career and Professional Development Services.

She explains that transferable skills are what you are going to want to highlight as you are rebuilding your resume.

"What was a software platform that maybe you utilized in your prior job that would be interesting and meaningful to your next employer," Parnell asked.

She said to also list soft-skills, which are skills you cannot always teach.

"Communication skills, teamwork skills, leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving," Parnell listed off. "If those are things that you practiced and you showcased in your prior job you want to showcase that on your resume to get your next interview to get your next job."

Parnell also is aware of how stiff the competition will be.

So, especially if you are forced to find a new career path, Parnell wants you to know you can start small.

"I think people might even need to step back and take more of an entry level position to get their foot in the door," Parnell said.

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