Your resume is your key to new opportunities. If you want to stand out from the competition, you need to make sure that yours is on point. Often, this means adapting to new resume trends, ensuring you meet the hiring manager’s expectations. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are three things to add to your resume for 2022.
1. Quantifiable Achievements
Long gone are the days when listing your duties on your resume was what you needed to do to succeed in your job search. Today, it’s all about accomplishments. Having an achievement-oriented resume is critical if you’re launching a job search in 2022, so you want to showcase your skills by referencing have you’ve accomplished, ensuring you can highlight your value in the proper way.
However, you also need to quantify the details. On a resume, numbers draw the eye, increasing the odds that the hiring manager will take notice of your achievements. Additionally, quantifying them provides the hiring manager with critical context. They’ll have an easier time envisioning your capabilities, potentially making them more likely to extend an interview invitation.
2. Remote Work Soft Skills
If you’re applying to a remote position or a role that lets you telecommute part of the time, you want to highlight the right soft skills. That way, you can show that you have what it takes to excel outside of a traditional workplace.
Dependability, accountability, self-reliance, and self-motivation all play a role in a person’s ability to thrive when working from home, so you’ll want to showcase those capabilities. The same goes for communication and collaboration, particularly when using applications to remain connected to colleagues.
Problem-solving and tech-savviness are also wise to highlight. The same goes for organization and time management.
Today, many resumes go through an automated screening process before a hiring manager views them. If you want to make it through, you need to include the right keywords in your resume. Usually, the job description gives you the precise ones you’ll want to add, as the words and phrases there are the ones that are typically given to the automated screener.
Make sure to use the exact words and phrases you see in the vacancy announcement and not variations. Most screening technologies can’t extrapolate that two terms mean the same thing. As a result, if it isn’t programmed to look for the version you used, it won’t see you as a match.
As you work keywords into your resume, make sure they appear in a logical place. A skills section on your resume above your work history could give you more options. Then, you can feature some in a list while introducing critical ones there and when discussing your achievements. Highlighting a few in your professional summary isn’t a bad idea either, especially one or two from the top of the job ad’s must-have capabilities list.
By ensuring your resume has the three things above, you’ll have an easier time landing your next position. If you’d like to learn more about how you can increase your job search success, the team at The Advance Group wants to hear from you. Contact us today.