As 2021 draws to a close, let’s ramp up for next year. Here are five things to add to your resume in 2022.
It’s almost 2022! Crazy, right? Where does the time go?
As 2021 draws to a close, we should be prepping to hit the ground running at the beginning of next year, which means updating our resumes and application materials.
Some of these updates may be just cleaning things up and adding new skills, some may include recent experience and certifications, and some may reflect changes to the employment world over the past couple of years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There have been a few of those. We know that people have quit their jobs in droves and that employers are looking for different things in employees than before. These are things to keep in mind.
So, let’s take a look at five things to add to your resume in 2022.
List your accomplishments
List your accomplishments instead of talking about your duties and responsibilities. A duty or responsibility is something you did (or were supposed to do), and an accomplishment is something you achieved (or, you know, accomplished).
So, an HR manager might be “responsible for recruiting, hiring, and onboarding new team members,” or they might have “decreased recruitment costs by 30% and increased employee retention by 35%.”
Employers want to know how you will bring value. They want to see how you will save them money and earn them money. This is the goal for every business. Demonstrate that you will bring more value than other candidates, and the job is pretty much yours.
Include a fantastic summary statement
Who are you, and why should someone hire you? Get that information across as quickly, efficiently, and clearly as possible. For example:
PMP certified project manager with eight years of experience overseeing the project lifecycle for top SaaS and technology companies. Key projects include [example of a significant project you managed] for [company], which became a top revenue generator and established [company] as a key market player—adjunct professor at [name] College.
Ditch the objective. Objectives are cliché and not useful. The hiring manager doesn’t care that you’re “looking for a role where you can put your exceptional organizational skills to work.” They care that you can make them money. Focus on that.
Add soft skills
It would be best if you were listing all your excellent soft skills, like communication and problem-solving. We all know these are super important.
After spending two years in a COVID pandemic world, soft skills to add to your resume include adaptability, resilience, and time management. After being hit hard and having to pivot operations, in some cases multiple times, employers want to hire people who can roll with the punches, learn from the experience, and still do their best work. Adaptable people are constantly learning, and a willingness to learn is key to success in any world.
Plus, because companies will continue to allow people to work remotely and, in many cases, set their hours, time management is a crucial skill. Managers want to know they won’t have to breathe down your neck and can trust you to work autonomously.
Find ways to showcase to hiring managers that you possess these traits. List them in your “soft skills” section and use your accomplishments to demonstrate this. Later, in the interview, use the stories you tell to show examples of these qualities.
Incorporate technical skills
In today’s workforce, being tech-savvy is required for almost any role. So, include your technical skills in your resume, including programming, video creation skills, web skills, and more.
But make sure the skills you list are skills that you possess. Technical skills are more specialized than they once were, and nobody will be impressed that you can use a computer. Many people like to list Microsoft Office as a skill when they mean they can use Word – and even then, not that well. Only list MS Office if you have advanced skills and understand what we mean by that. Similarly, knowing how to send an email is not a skill, and Email marketing is a skill. Examples of other skills include but aren’t limited to:
- Photoshop and InDesign
- Spreadsheets (Google Sheets, Excel, Pivot tables, etc.)
- Software development
- Enterprise Systems (Oracle, Netsuite, SAP, etc.)
State your vaccination status
A recent survey found that more than two-thirds of employers are more likely to hire vaccinated candidates against COVID-19 and that one-third will automatically eliminate resumes that don’t include a vaccine status.
The survey of 1,250 hiring managers, conducted in August, asked employers about their company’s COVID-19 vaccine policies and whether they wanted to see vaccine statuses on resumes.
Sixty-three per cent said they prefer to see a job candidate’s vaccine status on their resume, and 33% said they would automatically eliminate resumes without it. Another 32% said they would prioritize candidates who state on their resume that they are vaccinated.
The survey also found that 63% of companies implemented vaccine mandates for employees. Among those companies, the number of managers who prefer to see vaccine status on a resume rose to 77%, and those who would automatically eliminate resumes without vaccine status rose to 43%.
Consider including your vaccination status on your resume.
These are a few things to add to your resume in 2022. Stay up to date, and you’ll be more likely to land that dream job.