Select Your Keywords Carefully For A Resume
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Because hundreds or even
thousands of individuals apply for one opening, software that is preset to
determine applicant skills and qualifications is used to â€œweed outâ€ those
individuals who donâ€™t match the job criteria.Â Therefore,
to make the most of a job search, itâ€™s essential for the modern resume to
contain essential keywords related to the job opening or industry.
Keywords are nouns or noun
phrases that the software has been programmed to search for.Â
The more keywords or â€œhitsâ€ the software finds in the resume, the
of keywords for an Administrative Assistant might be:
likely the document will be read by a human resources professional.Â
In fact, for some federal job openings, a resume must have a 95% or
higher hit rate if the candidate is to be given serious consideration -- that
is, a moment of the hiring authorityâ€™s time, and perhaps even an interview.
- Typing 90 wpm
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Phone Support
For an Accountant keywords
- Tax Accounting
- General Ledger
- Profit and Loss Statements
Where to Find Keywords
Current and Previous Job Descriptions.
most positions, employees are given job descriptions.Â
Using these, pull out nouns or noun phrases of what you do on a daily
basis, so long as those tasks are still relevant to your current job search.
Cull data from the Professional Experience and
Skill sections of your current or old resumes.Â
These daily duties will provide relevant and significant keywords for
your scannable resume.
are perhaps the most significant resource a candidate can use.Â
By dovetailing past experience with required qualifications and skills,
a candidate is effectively targeting the new job, while enhancing candidacy.
How to Use Them
you have two options:
- Create a keyword list for inclusion at the very
beginning of your resume.
- Sprinkle keywords
throughout your resume.
A keyword list at the
beginning of your resume would read like this (for a Senior Product Manager):
Territory Growth.Â Market Share.Â
Mining. Physician Rapport.
Marketing Strategies. Budget Oversight. Targeted Goals.Â
Sales Force Leadership. Problem Resolution. Market Data Analysis. Sales
Forecasting. Productivity Monitoring. Performance Enhancement. Sales
Representative Training. Product Launches. Microsoft Office. Microsoft
Outlook. Microsoft Excel. Master of Arts in Marketing. Medical Doctor.
Emergency Room Experience. Zithromax. Diflucan. M.D. Bilingual. Spanish
Fluency. English Fluency.
Keywords in a
Qualifications Summary would read like this (for a Senior Product Manager):
Physician and Pharmaceutical Marketing Professional with a strong background
in maintaining standards of honesty and integrity while mining new
opportunities for territory growth and market share. Easily establishes
rapport with physicians based on a background that includes a Masterâ€™s
Degree in Marketing, a Medical Degree, and emergency room experience. Creative
problem solver experienced in devising new strategies for Zithromax and
Diflucan to eliminate lost sales to generic brands. Client-oriented with
superb communication and organizational skills in preparing successful
marketing strategies, overseeing budgets, and leading a sales force towards
targeted goals. Fluent in Spanish and English. Technically proficient in
Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Remember, the more closely
your background matches the qualifications of the new job, the more likely it
is that youâ€™ll be invited to interview.
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