Another Awesome Tip for Identifying Resume Keywords


Earlier this month, we offered a technique for identifying keywords for your resume using tag clouds. Today’s idea comes from Peggy McKee of Career Confidential in her article, Use Job Shadowing to Get Resume Keywords. She targets aspiring medical sales professionals in the article, but this technique can work for any profession:
A big benefit of job shadowing for you is that you can gather keywords for your resume you might not otherwise have, especially if you’re just learning how to get into medical sales. You put the job shadowing experience on your resume and you write about which doctors you called on, what the products involved were, and what kind of medical sales accounts they are. The words you’ll use are the kinds of keywords that will get your resume noticed by computerized tracking systems, and then read by recruiters and hiring managers.
So now that you know why job shadowing can be so important to someone transitioning into medical sales, how do you go about getting that experience?
First, find a sales rep. If you’re interested in pharma sales or medical device sales, you can ask your doctor or medical specialist for the names of people who sell to them and their offices. If you’re interested in lab sales, find a small lab and ask for the names of the sales reps who call on them. Then, ask the sales rep if you can ride along for a day or half a day, to see what that job is like. It will be a nice touch if you offer to buy lunch, or maybe give them a small gift afterwards (maybe a LinkedIn Profile Tutorial or new sales book). Add that experience to your resume, and you’ve made a huge positive step toward landing a medical sales job.
For more on resume keywords, read our article, Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume. For more on job shadowing, see our article, Research Companies and Careers Through Job Shadowing.