5 Current Resume Trends to Know for 2022

There have been vast changes in the job market over the last couple of years; from shifts towards remote work to staggering numbers of workers leaving their jobs in search of new opportunities, many of us are left wondering how it all affects the job application process.

As the world of recruitment and job searching evolves, so do the requirements of a successful resume. Here are five current resume trends to follow in 2022:

1. Resumes are becoming more skills-focused
This skills gap has widened because of the pandemic, with both the nature of work and the recruitment landscape completely transformed in less than two years. According to Monster’s annual global survey, 9 out of 10 employers report difficulty filling positions due to a skills gap. As a result, employers are changing their recruitment strategies. Companies are focusing more on skill sets, actively seeking candidates with the hard and soft needed for long-term success in a role. Candidates who use their resumes to effectively demonstrate their skills will have an edge over others vying for the same position.

Hard skills: If you have technical skills that match the job listing, feature these skills on your resume so employers don’t miss them. Your hard skills are a critical part of what qualifies you for a position and help inform an employer’s decision to hire you or not.

Soft skills: Don’t have the technical skills for the job you want? You may still be okay. Some studies show that 70% of employers willing to train the right candidate. Even if you don’t have the hard skills for a position, if you can show you have the right soft skills, you might still get the job offer.
Here are some sought-after soft skills to highlight in your 2022 resume:
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Strategic thinking
  • Teamwork and Communication
  • Self-management
  • Time management skills
  • Initiative

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