8 Things Unemployed People Can Do That Look Good on a Resume

Being unemployed can take a huge toll on your self-esteem. This makes it difficult for you to take pride in your resume when you are asked to explain it at a job interview. However, there are actions that you can take during unemployment that will build your self-confidence and will also look great on a resume. The result is that taking these actions may increase your chances of quickly getting a job.

Here are eight resume-boosting things that unemployed people can do:

1. Take a business class

Getting a fresh education is always something that can boost your resume. Business classes apply to almost all fields and therefore work to your benefit on almost any resume. Related classes include marketing, sales and computer technology. Did you know that the Small Business Association often offers free classes? This is a truly affordable way to keep yourself busy during unemployment in a way that will enhance your resume.

2. Study a foreign language

Being fluent in a foreign language is a job asset across most industries. You don’t have to spend a lot of money taking foreign language classes because employers don’t care at all where you’ve learned the language as long as you know it. If you’re self-motivated then you can study a language at home. Once you’re skilled in the language, add this to your resume under “languages spoken” or “skills”.

3. Advance your computer skills


This is something that you could theoretically do by taking those aforementioned business classes. However, you can also study computing on your own. For example, you might teach yourself how to set up a blog or you may opt to learn a new programming language. These are things that can be added to the skills and abilities portion of your resume once you’ve mastered them.

4. Volunteer

You may be having trouble finding a paying position in your field right now but that doesn’t mean that you can’t work in the industry. There are often numerous opportunities to volunteer in positions that are at least somewhat relevant to the work that you want to do. For example, someone who wants a job in the legal field may volunteer a few hours per week in the offices of a non-profit defense firm. This provides you with great networking opportunities and also another notch on your resume’s belt.

5. Write about your industry

One way to help establish yourself as an expert in any industry is to write about that industry for credible sources. You may start off writing a blog or some HubPages articles about your work but as you build up your writing portfolio you may be able to get your work placed on leading blogs and even in print. In the best situation, you’ll even be paid for your writing work. Even if you aren’t, though, you can add links to your high quality professional articles on your resume to boost your credibility in the field.

6. Get interviewed about your industry

Another way to gain credibility in your industry is to be interviewed as an expert in your field. Contact blog owners, website owners and magazine writers and offer to be interviewed at no charge. These interviews can be added under the achievements section of your resume.

7. Shadow someone in the position you want to get

This will give you first hand experience in the field that you’re interested in working in and is especially a good idea if you’ve never worked in that position before. (See our 10 step guide to switching careers.) What does this have to do with your resume? If you make a good impression on the person that you shadow then you can include this as a reference on the resume. You may want to highlight during your interview how you know this person and that they are experienced in the field.

8. Organize your records of past achievements

During your downtime at home while you’re unemployed, take the time to organize the records that you have of all of your past achievements. This includes your educational and career achievements. This serves a two-fold purpose. First, it provides you with a confidence boost that is much needed during job hunt time. And second, it reminds you of any important achievements that you’ve failed to place on your resume. Add them now to boost the way your resume looks to employers!

Have you been unemployed before? Got any other suggestions make your resume look better despite unemployment? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Posted April 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    This information is very useful… as I may be leaving my job shortly. Thanks!

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