How to write a resume in 2022
By Jacquie Liversidge
Each year, the focus becomes more and more on brevity in both written applications and resumes. Watch as requirements slide down from a covering letter to a 600 pitch statement, from 2 page statements for most government roles to one page or less, and requirements for resumes to be vaguely ‘concise’. Writing resumes for 2022 and your success in writing them is going to hinge on your ability to meet the needs of your reader.
The time is lacking from the reader, the stakes are higher, and the expectations on written content has transformed since the ubiquity of the internet which means we are absorbing more and more content, thus raising our expectations on what we see and read.
- Not wasting valuable first page resume white space
- Ensuring our narrative is controlled on the first page
- Not wasting jazzy design elements at the expense of good content (resume templates, a nod to you)
- Keep contact details in the header
- Clear section headings
- Getting across a clear timeline of events
- Delineating achievements from duties
- Conveying scope of roles
- Identifying what is value-adding per role, and what is not.
A good resume in 2022 will rapidly show to the reader:
These should be delineated from professional skills. (as an example)
|Operating Systems||Social media||Customer Relationship Management (CRM)|
Windows, Linux, etc
Canva, Adobe, etc
SalesForce, Zoho, Hubspot, etc
Leadership: inspires teams to adopt ownership of tasks, leads change management activities in the interest of innovation and experienced in leading up to taskforce of 50 direct reports.
The above is a good example of a capability which should form part of your summary of qualifications. In essence, what are the soft skills that you have used that have gotten you to the heights of where you are? What is a summary of what qualifies you (not just for the execs out there) And, as a side note, if COVID and its various challenges have decimated your confidence, believe me when I say that everything is a height of some form and I want you to articulate that.
Whether discriminatory or not, and time will tell—being COVID vaccinated with any relevant booster shots booked or undertaken should absolutely be highlighted. You present to the employer a liability without one. Based on current information at the time of this writing, a non-vaccinated employer will be:
- Not let into certain venues for servicing or remote work
- Is considered to be more transmissible of COVID
- Could become more seriously unwell
- I’m not a doctor—but this is what employers are thinking right now. Include it if you’re vaccinated.
Resilience, and agility:
This is harder to demonstrate. People have buckled and collapsed under the pressure of the current circumstances, and employers know that its going to get hairier before its going to get easier. Are you going to be the non-COVID positive person of the team that shows up when everyone else is sick? Are you willing to adapt to the changing circumstances, to changing components of your role to meet the needs of the business? Are you willing to adopt accountability for more challenges than you initially thought?
Demonstrating this is not entirely straight forward. Putting the word ‘resilient’ in your resume has about as much meaning as ‘bubbly personality’. It’s an easy claim, and all claims are empty without demonstrated reinforcement. Easy claim to make, harder to back it up. Better yet and certainly stronger as a claim, use this to inform what narrative you are creating around your resume. Have you had consistent work history during COVID? Did you lose you job, and get another? Did you work from home and still achieve outcomes similarly to the office?
Which brings me to the next point.
Can you work from home and in office just as well, and can you work autonomously:
Delineate achievements from the office and the home environment. Rather than making a claim like, ‘improved productivity by 25% by improving X’, outline this more clearly. ‘Identified inconsistencies in approach due to work from home requirements, implemented X resulting in 25% increase in productivity’.
The first part of this article said brevity is more important. It is. In that last statement, the second sentence is longer than the first but it adds value. The key with resumes in 2022 is to ensure that the content we are putting together is genuinely value adding and speaks to contemporary issues.
- Keep it brief, and value adding
- Identify technical skills, and separate these
- Identify soft skills and technical skills, and separate these
- Provide vaccination status (if vaccinated)
- Think about how you’ve been resilient
- Think about how you’ve been agile
And let nothing stop you.
Good luck on that hunt. We’re always here if you need us.