How the Right Keywords can get your Resume in Front of a Recruiter

In today’s job market, applicants are faced with many obstacles when trying to get their resumes in front of a recruiter. Both Recruiters and Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) often screen out resumes based on keywords alone, meaning qualified candidates may never even be seen by a human eye!

A great resume must be packed with relevant keywords, related to the position and the industry you wish to be in. Here are a few tips to ensure your resume is not only found, but stands out when reviewed by a recruiter.

  1. Expertise: Make sure to use plenty of practical action keywords when describing your performance. Recruiters look for very specific needs for a particular job, and you’ll want to ensure your accomplishments and duties stand out instantly.
  2. Acronyms: Make sure to include the correct acronyms when listing things like degrees, professional certifications, and industry terminology. Recruiters may search for either the acronym or the full name, and you want to show up in both searches.
  3. Avoid overused buzzwords: A recruiter looks at hundreds of resumes a day. Keep your resume from becoming generic by avoiding overused buzzwords.  A “creative, analytical, problem solver” won’t even register to a recruiter, but a candidate that has “directed programs”, “initiated ideas”, and “forecasted results” will stand out in a crowd.

Be sure you have your resume reviewed (preferably by someone in the industry you are seeking to join) before you submit that application to a job board or company career site!

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