What To Say on Your Resume When You're Unemployed...
Many people who've been laid off and currently unemployed feel like taking cover, rather than broadcasting their new job status (or lack-of job status) to potential employers. But if you want to find another position, that's precisely what you, should do.
In the current economy, with so many talented people being let go, there's "absolutely no shame" in clearly indicating that you are between jobs. So, if you find yourself out of work, update your resume and be public about the fact that you're seeking new opportunities.
Professional Headline: In this line, which goes under your name, give a generic description of what you do or a sample occupation title (for example Business and Finance Operations, or Office Management). Describe yourself by an occupational role you aspire to, rather than limiting your professional profile to your last job title.
Core Competencies: These are the professional skills that you offer potential employers. List competencies (Resource Planning, Procedural Development, Vendor Relations) that are consistent with the occupational title used in your Professional Headline. The list should contain any key competencies you have acquired that are listed in the job description; each separated by a comma.
Professional Summary: In this section, which goes under your Core Competencies, give a brief description of your accomplishments and how you have implemented the Core Competencies listed above. For example: Knowledge in all areas of office procedures and staff development. Manage all vendor relations to include dispute resolution.
Professional Experience: This is the area where you will list your current status followed by previous employment experience. Since you're between jobs, the "Current" status should say something similar to "I am currently looking for new opportunities and actively pursuing a Business or Office Management role in a collaborative environment." You may also say something like "Currently seeking to leverage my management experience and education in Business Operations." Make sure your previous employment descriptions adequately convey what you did at each job. Standard rules of resume writing apply here: use active verbs, fully communicate your responsibilities, and show results.