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Be the Perfect Match: How to Use Resume Key Words to Stand Out in Job Searches

Resume Keywords

July 23 2019 - When you think of "key words," the first thing that comes to mind might be  SEO (search engine optimization). These words can help people find what they're looking for--but it's not limited to the online world. In the world of job searching, they can help recruiters find you.

Just like websites use the right key words to help them rise to the top of the search engine, you can use key words in your resume to help your application stand out. In many cases, job recruiters will use a system to search for key words. You could even be rejected from consideration before anyone even reads it--just because the system doesn't detect the right words.

So how can you use key words to highlight your best skills, qualities, and credentials? Here are some tips for embedding the right resume key words to get the job of your dreams.

1. Follow the Advertisement

The first place you can find the right key words is in the advertisement for the job. For example, if they ask for somebody with "strong analytic skills," use that phrase in the description of your qualifications.

Take words and phrases right from the job description--as long as you actually have those skills and qualifications. This will help tailor your resume to the specific job, and it will help your resume stand out as a perfect fit.

2. Be Specific

When it comes to key words, it pays to be specific. Using words like "marketing" or "organized" are too broad. 

The more focused and specific your language is, the more likely your keywords are going to trigger the algorithm that the recruiter is using. It's also going to make your resume unique and stand out among the competition.

3. Use Keywords Sparingly

Use key words throughout your resume--not just in the skills section. Always use each key word one to three times throughout. 

Just be careful that you don't overdo it. Stuffing key words in your resume will make it obvious to the recruiter what you're doing. It can also make the writing feel awkward and convoluted.

Another way to use plenty of keywords without making the resume look overstuffed is by dividing it into clean sections. Use creative resume designs to separate each section and mix up the keywords throughout. 

Need the perfect template to make your resume stand out? Check out  Adobe Spark Post to find the right template for your next job application.

4. Always Use Context

Always spread your key words throughout the resume. Putting them in a list will make it obvious that you're intentionally using key words. 

Make sure that each key word has the appropriate context. You can use the key word to lead into a special qualification or achievement. Always integrate them into a longer phrase or at least a few words.

Resume 101: How to Use Resume Key Words

When you're crafting the resume for your dream job, every word counts. But it isn't just perfect spelling and compelling copy that will get recruiters to take notice--resume key words are just as important.

Don't let your application get thrown out before its even read. These key word tips will help your resume rise to the top of the pile.

Looking for more ways you can land the perfect job? Keep browsing our blog for more tips to get your foot in the door. 

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