Where should I put COVID-19 on my resume? Is that a soft skill?

“We have to remember: Friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends and work. But work has to come third.” — Leslie Knope

Last weekend I was helping my husband update his resume. As I did, it occurred to me that for many people, they didn’t just change their office location over the last year and a half. For many, their job description changed as well. And while I do think that sort of change should be represented on your resume, I have no idea how best to do it.

Now I’m not suggesting that everyone add Zoom host to their list of skills, but there’s something to it. From daily stand-ups to gauge mental health and continuity of work, to strategizing and polling in preparation for return to office, people spent their days responding to the needs of pandemic protocols.

Is the expectation that everyone will return to “normal” after what’s looking to be two years of doing a modified version of the job they were originally hired to do? Or will the exodus of people looking for work/life balance and unwilling to give up #remotelife, be closely followed by the leviticus shift of people who found new purpose in a world where we keep our germs to ourselves and get upset when a movie is only released in theaters.

I’m sure there have been articles written that chronicle the new titles that have been created alone. So to all those contact tracers and temperature takers out there, what’s next? And how will your experience over the last two years help you get there?




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