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See our main article, Applicant Tracking Systems 101 for Job-Seekers: Understanding the ATS Technology That Dominates Online Job Search.
This article is a quick overview of how to use Google's Keyword tool to find keywords to make your resume more effective with applicant tracking systems.
Step 1: Go to Google Keyword Tool.
Step 2: Click on the link for "Google Keyword Tool."
Step 3: In the "Word or phrase" box, type in one or more of the keywords you've already identified.
For example, Jane Job-seeker might use the phrase "attract event sponsors."
Step 4: The Google Keyword Tool will return a list of results that are similar to that word or phrase. Look for additional keyword ideas.
Final Thoughts on Keywords
If your resume has keywords naturally woven throughout it, the process of preparing it for submission to an applicant tracking system is quite simple -- simply ensure the resulting document is cleanly formatted for compliance with the ATS.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.