- Join online discussion groups and chat rooms that relate to your field and observe the words professionals are using in their discussions.
- Read annual reports from the companies you’d like to work for.
- Conduct informational interviews at companies you want to work for and listen for the jargon and buzzwords that your interviewees use in talking about the company and its jobs.
- Talk to human resources professionals.
- Use Web search engines, such as Google and Yahoo, to search for job descriptions.
- Consult online dictionaries and encyclopedias.
- Visit online specialty sites defining acronyms and technical jargon.
- See our article Researching Keywords in Employment Ads for more about how to identify keywords in ads and job postings.
1500+ Keywords for $100,000+ Jobs, by Wendy S. Enelow, Paperback, 185 pages, Impact Publications, 1998, ISBN: 1570230897
Peterson’s the Job Hunter’s Word Finder, by James Bluemond, Paperback, 219 pages, Petersons Guides, 1996, ISBN: 1560796006
Everything You Need to Know About Using Electronic Resumes to Tap into Today’s Job Market, by Susan Britton Whitcomb and Pat Kendall (eBook), McGraw-Hill; ASIN: B00005RYUA, $11.95
Excellent articles on the Web about keywords:
Identifying Key Words to Put on Your Resume, by Dr. John Sullivan.
Importance of Keywords. Heighten Your Load: Databank-Able Resume Design Tips, by Darrell Gurney.