are nouns or noun phrases indicating a candidateís skill set or qualifications
as they pertain to the current job search.
For an Accountant keywords
Where to Find Keywords
Current and Previous Job Descriptions.
In most positions, employees are given job descriptions. Using these, pull out nouns or noun phrases of what you do on a daily basis, so long as those tasks are still relevant to your current job search.
Cull data from the Professional Experience and Skill sections of your current or old resumes. These daily duties will provide relevant and significant keywords for your scannable resume.
are perhaps the most significant resource a candidate can use.
By dovetailing past experience with required qualifications and skills,
a candidate is effectively targeting the new job, while enhancing candidacy.
How to Use Them
you have two options:
A keyword list at the
beginning of your resume would read like this (for a Senior Product Manager):
Territory Growth. Market Share.
Keywords in a
Qualifications Summary would read like this (for a Senior Product Manager):
Physician and Pharmaceutical Marketing Professional with a strong background
in maintaining standards of honesty and integrity while mining new
opportunities for territory growth and market share. Easily establishes
rapport with physicians based on a background that includes a Masterís
Degree in Marketing, a Medical Degree, and emergency room experience. Creative
problem solver experienced in devising new strategies for Zithromax and
Diflucan to eliminate lost sales to generic brands. Client-oriented with
superb communication and organizational skills in preparing successful
marketing strategies, overseeing budgets, and leading a sales force towards
targeted goals. Fluent in Spanish and English. Technically proficient in
Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Remember, the more closely
your background matches the qualifications of the new job, the more likely it
is that youíll be invited to interview.