Keywords Are a Foundation of Your Job Search

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Keywords are important because recruiters search resumes for matches when sourcing candidates from databases loaded with job-seeker profiles. The more frequently your resume matches the keywords contained in a recruiter’s search, the more calls you’ll get.

But they’re important to use in places beyond your resume. You should carry the concept throughout all of your job search activities by using them in your elevator pitch and during networking conversations and interviews.

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Keywords refer to hard skills that are used in job descriptions, not soft skills. For example, “HTML programmer,” “database architect,” “network engineer” and “help desk operations.” They don’t include phrases like “team player,” “relationship expert” or “multi-tasker.”

To build a list, start by reviewing the job descriptions for positions you want, extracting the keywords you see most often. Then use them to tweak your resume each time you submit it, making sure to include them in your cover letter, as well. To validate their effectiveness, enter your keyword choices into the job search function on Dice, using a variety of search parameters. Seeing more results indicates your resume will come up more often in database searches conducted by recruiters.

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One Response to “Keywords Are a Foundation of Your Job Search”

  1. Sorry to involve speeches by politicians, back in 2004 there was a promise that workers would get a fair treatment in the international division of labor… more simply said, not a stop of offshore-outsourcing, just a somewhat fair treatment. It didn’t happen for a reason that the person wasn’t elected.

    Anyhow, now that we know corp inversions are not any moral or “patriotic”, yet they’ll hit badly the job market in the US by 2016. I doubt the “correct keywords” on somebody’s resume advice would help much. There is a next massive wave of layoffs in the economy due to enormous M&A activity and other big corp strategies.
    I thought I would be more helpful if the folks that offshore jobs would be required to provide statistics about their plans for the next 12 months. I understand that certain facts on someone’s CV would be obstacle in hiring, however I have spent 18 months at a West-European company fixing software errors and improving things, I guess some meaningful help from authorities might be helpful.