Streamlining Resume Keywords for Multi-Industry Career


This posting is a guest entry from the Career Doctor, Randall S. Hansen, PhD: Judy writes: I have worked information systems in many different industries and am attempting to streamline my resume to each company’s “buzz words” or keywords. Do you have access to or can you refer me to site to find these words?
The Career Doctor responds: Keywords are nouns and phrases that employers use to search internal and external resume databases when searching for job candidates. While this practice started in the technology industry, it has certainly spread to many other industries, and more and more job-seekers are placing keyword sections on their resumes to strengthen their chances of being selected. (See our article, Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness, for more details.) The best way to develop a list of keywords for your resume is to first examine your accomplishments and skills areas. Second, examine the type of job you are seeking to move into. Third, conduct some job searches at our job board and some of the other major job sites and make a list of the keywords from the job postings (using, for example, job title, job description, qualifications, skills, software, industry jargon, etc.). You might also consider searching the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for keywords.