One of my most difficult resume writing projects to date was for an individual that had retired early and had done nothing of note for the 10 years since.When a recruiter or hiring manager asks what you have been doing since you left your last employer, the last thing they want to hear is “nothing.” Employers expect value from the candidates they interview and hire, so if you’ve been unemployed for, say 6 months or longer, you must find a way to present that information in a favorable way. You can do that by volunteering for a nonprofit whose mission aligns with your values, losing weight, taking a class, reading, pursuing a hobby, starting a blog, coaching a child’s sport or helping a neighbor with a project. Although these activities may or may not be directly related to the job you are interviewing for, they will help you remain connected, give you information to include on your resume and keep confidence high to interview well. The greatest benefit of all, of course, is that you will be perceived as motivated and resourceful by a potential hiring manager.
Ellie Vargo, MRW, CCMC