On Resume: Utilize Keywords Based on Job(s) You Seek


Continuing the resume-polishing tips begun recently: Resume Polishing Tip #4: Utilize Keywords Based on Job(s) You Seek
Because most resumes are now dumped into databases from which hiring managers can search for the most qualified candidates, it is vital that your resume contains specific and relevant keywords and keyword phrases. Keywords relate to the skills and experience the employer is seeking. More specifically, keywords can be precise “hard” skills — job-specific/profession-specific/industry-specific skills, technological terms and descriptions of technical expertise (including hardware and software in which you are proficient), job titles, certifications, names of products and services, industry buzzwords and jargon, types of degrees, and the like. You can incorporate these keywords throughout your resume or include a keywords (Key Skills, Proficiencies, Competencies) section on your resume. For more information on keywords and how to use them on your resume, read Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness.