Resume Keywords

Most employment agencies and large companies today use databases to quickly and efficiently match job openings with qualified job-seekers Since all resumes, once submitted, are standardized and screening is carried out wholly on the basis of content, it becomes extremely important for a job searcher to use text-based or scannable industry- or job-specific resumes by incorporating keywords and phrases related to the specific position applied for. The general rule is to have a resume containing 25-35 keywords that relate to the job or industry. These keywords can be job-specific skills, technological terms, technical expertise, job titles, certifications, names of products and services, industry buzzwords and jargon, types of degrees, names of colleges, company names, and even area codes (for narrowing down searches geographically). Awards you've won and names of professional organizations to which you belong can even be used as keywords.

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