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From the co-founders of Hollywood Resumes, Angela Silak and Cindy Kaplan!

Thanks to Coronavirus, the job market is tougher than it has been in years. Now more than ever, you’ll need a strong resume to convince hiring managers that you’re the right candidate for the job. Whether you’re looking for your first job, seeking employment after a layoff, or simply ready to take the next step in your career, follow these guidelines to improve your resume.

1. Tell a story. Your resume is a marketing document that explains why you’re the right

candidate for the job, not a biography of everything you’ve ever done. Focus on the skills and experience that demonstrate why it makes sense for an employer to hire you, and use that to shape your resume story. Only include relevant experience -- if you’ve taken a temporary job, don’t include it unless it’s relevant to the job you’re applying for. You can explain a short or pandemic-related gap in an interview.

2. Give context. A good resume, like a good story, includes some set-up and background. The way you organize your resume gives much-needed context to your story -- if you want to tell the story that you’re a recent graduate who held multiple internships while in college, start with education, but if you want to convey that you have five years of experience in your field, lead with your most recent job. Contextualize each position by giving an overview of the company and/or department as your first bullet point and bolstering your skill bullets with achievements and project scope.

3. Match the job posting. If you want to know what a potential employer is looking for,

analyze the job posting! Read each listed qualification as if it were a question starting with, “Can you…” Any time the answer is yes, think about where you learned that skill and include a bullet point with those keywords under that position’s heading. If you match the verbiage from the posting, you’ll make it easier for hiring managers to see that you check the boxes they’re looking for.

4. Leave off intangible skills. Instead of listing “team player” “excellent communicator” or other soft skills, fuse them into the bullets under each job heading -- for example, you could indicate that you worked with a team or communicated cross-functionally on a project. Reserve the “skills” section on your resume for software, languages, and any industry-relevant technology or training.

5. Keep it easy to read. When it comes to format, less is more. A simple black-and-white,

one-page resume with a readable, modern font is best. In fact, a resume with straightforward formatting is more likely to make it through automated applicant tracking systems (ATS), while a resume made on a platform like Canva is virtually unreadable by those systems.

If you’re planning to look for a job in this new economy, take some time now to get your materials in order. If you follow these tips, you’ll have a great resume ready to go when you see an open opportunity you’re excited about!

And be sure to check out Hollywood Resume's site and sign up for their free mailing list for more tips!

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You might not be able to hug or even visit your mom in person this Mother's Day (or maybe you are holed up together waiting for the COVID-19 storm to pass). Either way, here are a few gift ideas guaranteed to make your mom smile this year!

1. Make her a one-of-a-kind photobook with your old phone pics! When was the last time you looked at your ever growing i-Photo collection? Use it this year to make a collage of your favorite mom moments from the last few years or make a mini-book of the last vacation you took together. For User Interface and Print Quality-- Mixbook and Artifact Uprising and for price point-- Snapfish and Shutterfly. It seems like they are all running large discounts right now, so you should be able to get a great price anywhere you go. (Adulting hack: always search for a promo code before paying full price at check out!)

2. Send her a Personalized Flower Bouquet. An oldie, but always a goodie! Some great florists that deliver: For quirky, edgy arrangements, try Urbanstems, for more traditional choices, try 1-800-Flowers, or for edible "Flowers" try Cookies by Design.

3. Hand curate a Gift Basket. We love Sabon for home spa treatments (they're also running a buy a kit, give a kit special right now) or try Design it Yourself Gift Baskets where you can hand curate your own basket with tons of different options.

4. A gift is more than mom wants? A great card will do the trick! Want something traditional that doesn't involve you braving the drug store? Try Greeting Card Universe. Prefer something more unique and modern? Try LovePop Cards for a pop up card or card "bouquet."

Whatever you do, don't forget to call (or Zoom/FaceTime) the moms in your life on the 10th, and to all the mothers out there, have a wonderful and well deserved Mother's Day!

It's so important, in this stressful time, to look after both the physical and mental health of yourself and others. Here are 3 tips to help keep you sane while you fight to keep yourself and others healthy.

Breathe/Meditate Set aside time each day, if not multiple times each day, to just deep breathe. If it helps, find a meditation app to guide you or use a You Tube video to play your favorite natural sounds in the background.

Talk to people

Especially if you are quarantine, self-quarantine, or social distancing, take time each day to call and/or FaceTime your favorite people. Maybe play an online game together. In 2020, you don't have to share physical space to share quality time. Call your Great Aunt Sally-- or finally teach your parents FaceTime. We're sure they'd love to hear from you ;)

Get plenty of sleep, water, and vitamins on board. Keep your body, brain, and immune system well-fed and strong. Get as close to a full night's sleep as your body will allow each and every night, hydrate if not over hydrate, and get your vitamins and minerals in, so you can operate at your best. And, if you do end up getting sick, your body is prepared as it possibly can be to fight infection quickly and successfully.

Stay strong, stay sane, stay well.

~The Adulting with Jane Team

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