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Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Chief Executive Officer Cheeky Scientist

Join Isaiah as he reviews three of the most important resume trends that have emerged in this year’s job market

In this week’s episode…

  • First, Isaiah explains that every year has its own unique trends, and this year is in a definite cycle of contraction
  • Next, he breaks down three of the top resume trends that PhDs are leveraging to land industry roles
  • Finally, Isaiah gives a few examples PhDs can use to demonstrate their understanding of these trends

Resume Trends Can’t Be Ignored In A Job Market As Unpredictable As This One

The job market this year is in a definite cycle of contraction. 

You can see evidence that this is true every time you flip on the news or scroll past headlines online. 

Companies are responding to the Great Resignation and bracing against a recession by investing more in finding the perfect candidates. Namely, ones who are going to stick around and who actually want to work for their specific company. 

There are three trends that I want to talk to you about today. You truly cannot ignore these if you want to attract employers. 

A Market-Driven Resume Demonstrates An Understanding Of Global Business Concerns

The first is the importance of a market-driven resume. 

Now, of course, you know you need to tailor every resume you submit to the specific job you’re applying to. 

But research is showing, more and more, that employers respond favorably to candidates that address specific pain points the market is facing right now in their resume or cover letter. 

A recent survey of CEOs by Gartner revealed that growth, talent retention, and technology were areas of focus that dominated employer attention during 2022. 

That means that you want your resume to reflect that you can be a solution to the problems employers are facing. 

Under the experience section in your resume choose skills that demonstrate you can drive growth – even in a recession or with a tight budget. 

As a PhD, you’re used to doing more with less.

These quantifiable growth stories should top your list of relevant skills. 

If you want to demonstrate that you can retain talent, share quantifiable results that indicate you held onto 80% or more of a team you led in last year’s tight market. 

You can also share details about client-facing growth, such as “increased number of clients by 15% year over year in 2022.” 

As machine learning and AI gain ground, more employers want to know that their team is literate in emerging tech. 

Add these skills to your resume if you have them. 

Don’t Neglect To Mention Your Transferable Skills, Because Employers Are Looking Closely At These

Skills-based hiring is on the rise. 

You may have noticed that some employers build assessments into their application process now. 

That’s because they’re looking for proof to protect themselves from false claims on resumes. 

You can capitalize on their skepticism by taking steps to quantify and demonstrate your skills. 

You can share reports you’ve created, use data in your bullets or seek out certifications that demonstrate that you know what you’re talking about. 

Sometimes just offering to demonstrate that you can do what you say during an interview goes a long way, also. 

“I’d be happy to send you a sample or portfolio” means a lot more than a bullet point that claims you know how to do this or that. 

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