5 Current Resume Trends to Know for 2022

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1. Resumes are becoming more skills-focused

Companies are focusing more on skill sets, actively seeking candidates with the hard and soft skills 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.

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2. Your online presence matters

With more and more people working online, it’s no surprise that your online presence can help (or hurt) your job hunt.  According to a survey conducted by Monster, employers say viewing candidate profiles online is the third most effective resource for finding new hires. Additionally, with such a large 

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2. Your online presence matters

pool of candidates on social media platforms, up to 84% of organizations use social media as a recruitment tool.  Cleaning up your social media accounts and representing yourself professionally can help you attract recruiters and earn more opportunities.

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3. Resumes targeted at specific jobs are more likely to succeed

With a widening skills gap and so many employers reporting difficulty finding qualified candidates, it’s increasingly important to tailor your resume to the job listing.  Making one generic resume and sending it out to dozens of employers won’t show those employers how you’re uniquely qualified for the position they’re hiring for.

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3. Resumes targeted at specific jobs are more likely to succeed

Instead, carefully examine the job listing of the open position for important keywords.  These keywords are generally industry-specific skills and experience employers are looking for on your application. Include them as much as possible (without lying or stretching the truth) to show you can handle the work if hired.

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4. Work experience is changing

 One resume trend is that employers are seeing more of these types of experiences on resumes.  With learning and development being prioritized by employers more than ever before, self-taught skills are very valuable experiences to include in a resume. Give these forms of experience 

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4. Work experience is changing

 the space and attention they deserve on your resume.  Freelance work and self-employed work can be listed in the work experience section, as you would list experience for any other position.  Employers will likely be impressed by your adaptability, initiative, and entrepreneurial spirit.

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5. Automated application processes continue to grow

Many industries have been undergoing rapid digitization, and recruiting is no different.  Up to 35% of recruitment professionals in a LinkedIn survey reported that automation is the biggest trend influencing their hiring practices. In addition, Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) is expected to experience sustained growth through 2029.

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5. Automated application processes continue to grow

Greater automation means candidates should make sure they’re writing ATS-friendly resumes and cover letters that use easy-to-scan formats (.docx or .pdf).  These systems are often used to filter candidates before hiring managers get a chance to see applications.  Ensure your resume is set up to 

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5. Automated application processes continue to grow

Greater automation means candidates should make sure they’re writing ATS-friendly resumes and cover letters that use easy-to-scan formats (.docx or .pdf).  These systems are often used to filter candidates before hiring managers get a chance to see applications.  Ensure your resume is set up to 

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