In today’s competitive job market, it is important to have a resume and cover letter that catches the attention of employers! Using the correct keywords will help you get that attention.
Top 4 Tips for Resume Keywords:
- Be Descriptive – Don’t simply state that you are ‘dedicated’ or ‘responsible’ but describe those qualities more fully. Recruiters and employers read hundreds of resumes with the same words used repeatedly, stand out from the crowd and use descriptive adjectives to describe yourself.
- List Your Skills – Depending on the job, be sure to include specific skills that are relevant and applicable to the position. Computer skills, administrative skills, problem solving skills, communication skills, etc. are important items to include in your resume and cover letter.
- Use an Active Voice – Use a thesaurus and find better words to describe yourself. Instead of stating ‘event planning skills’ expand on the skill and use active synonyms, for example: resource/people management, budget management, event launch and promotion, communication liaison, etc.
- Find Keywords – Within the job description or advertisement you will find keywords used by the employer. These keywords are therefore important to include in your resume and cover letter because you already know the employer is looking for them. If you cannot find any specific keywords in the job ad, then research other similar positions online, and examine what words are used.
Do you need assistance with your resume and cover letter? Don’t miss the Metro College Job Search Support Service that include resume workshops, practice job interviews!