How to Use Resume Keywords When Applying for Jobs

How to Use Resume Keywords When Applying for Jobs

So, you are looking for the perfect opportunity and finally found it. Next, you update your resume and send in your application. Now you are waiting… Did you consider using resume keywords when applying for the job? If not, you probably have gotten passed up.

Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Did you know you can craft the perfect resume and it might not ever be seen by a human being? That is the power of an Applicant Tracking System! If you are applying for a job in a certain industry, you should know all the top resume keywords to help you stand out. If you don’t, you will be left behind. Companies use these systems to save time and ultimately money in their search for applicants. The fortunate part for you is that 80% of applicants do not even consider resume keywords. So, this means if you do the necessary research to stand out, you can guarantee yourself an interview!

Do your research

Researching your position is a must! It will only benefit you to research the career field you desire.  Times change, and so do they keywords recruiters use. Just because you have been in the industry for 20 years, does not mean you are using the correct keywords. Whether you are a recent graduate or someone changing career paths, you will not get a call back without the trending resume keywords! Check out this article for more details on How To Write A Professional Resume.

Google is everything

Staying up to date with the industry lingo will ensure that you stay relevant in your job search. When applying for jobs, don’t just consider the job descriptions of a certain position, but also consider any other relevant job postings. We recommend comparing at least 5 different job descriptions to find the common keywords or statements being used. These are usually safe to add as resume keywords.

As long as you put in the effort to include the corresponding resume keywords, you have a huge chance at receiving a callback. If you think you have all the right keywords and are still not receiving any call backs, go back to the drawing board and rework your resume.

Tired of wasting time on resume keyword optimization? Maybe you just have better things to do. Whatever it is, if you need some extra help preparing your resume, Find My Profession offers expert Resume Makeover services that are proven to help you land your dream job.

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