Streamlining Resume Keywords for Multi-Industry Career


Judy writes:
I have worked information systems in many different industries and am attempting to streamline my resume to each company’s “buzz words” or keywords. Do you have
access to or can you refer me to site to find these words?


The Career Doctor responds:
Keywords are nouns and phrases that employers use to search internal and external resume databases when searching for job candidates. While this practice started in the technology industry it has certainly spread to many other industries and more and more job-seekers are placing keyword sections on their resumes to strengthen their chances of being selected. (See our article Tapping the Power of Keywords to Enhance Your Resume’s Effectiveness for more details.)
The best way to develop a list of keywords for your resume is to first examine your accomplishments and skills areas. Second examine the type of job you are seeking to move into. Third conduct some job searches at our job board and some of the other major job sites and make a list of the keywords from the job postings (using for example job title job description qualifications skills software industry jargon etc.). You might also consider searching the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook for keywords.


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