Perhaps you’d be surprise to know that your resume is not screened by human being but by software before it gets to the human resources.
How should you write your resume to get it found in a crowded resumes database?
This article reviews the usage of keywords in resumes and provides the key tips on how to find and insert keywords into resumes.
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Keywords in Resumes
What is a keyword?
Keyword is a specific word or a phrase which occurs in a text document.
Keyword is a term – this term is generally used to specify a single word or a phrase. Phrase is a combination of several words, sometimes a short sentence.
You may also stumble upon the term key-phrase (for key phrases), or key term, but these are not in use as often as the term “keyword”.
What is a resume keyword?
Because of the vast amount of resumes that every human resources compress in their database, most of these HR work with an electronically tool to scan and screen these resume when they look for potential applicants.
This tool is called Resume Scanner Software or Recruiting Management Software.
This scanner will pick your resume up based on the keywords (or key terms) used in it.
Should you use keywords in a resume?
Certainly you should.
Needless to say, that if you want that your resume gets found, being a good match for a position, you should write it using specific keywords.
How to find keywords for a resume?
The keywords to target are those that are used in:
• The general job description (i.e. job requirement): of the jobs that you are interested in. You can look to any job posting, relevant to your job hunting target, and screen out the keywords, such as – professional expertise, technology skills, education, years of experience/education, some action words and relevant competencies.
Secondly, look for keywords such as:
• University Certifications and the name of the educational institution
• Job Titles , professional expertise
• Product Names, Service type, Technical/Industry terms,
• Software or Hardware areas
• Job Search Engines: the internet is full of web search engines that provide job listings. Google these search engines and you will find combination of job titles and professional expertise for each job that you are looking for.
Where to insert the keywords into your resume?
There are four places to aim to – resume objectives, education, professional courses and resume career summary.
These paragraphs are the most important parts of your resume.
Resume Keywords: List of Keywords for Resumes
Here is a list of keywords for resumes as an example:
• Sales, Marketing, Sales Manager, Marketing manager, Retail
• Product Manager, Project Manager, System Architect
• Account Executive, Manager, Director
• Business Intelligence, Business development
• Medical Sales, Medical Device
• Healthcare, Medical, Nurse, Physician, Therapist
• Finance, Accounting, Bank, banking, TAX, insurance
• Financial Advisor, Business Analyst
• Supervisor, Controller
• IT, CISCO, SAP, JAVA, ORACLE, ERP, BI, C++
• Ethernet & IP Networking, ATM, MPLS, IPMPLS, Carrier Ethernet, Metro Ethernet
• Wireless, VoIP, Triple play, IPTV & VOD
• Operations, Supply Chain, Logistics, Manufacturing, Packaging
• CEO, CFO, VP
• Human Resources, Recruiting
• Software, Programmer, Engineer, Specialist, Analyst, Administrator, Consultant, Architect, Development, Designer, Technicians