Recruiters have to go through hundreds of resumes in a week’s time. It’s not an easy task for them to read every detail so most of them usually look for specific words or keywords which strongly represents ‘strengths’ in their industry.

As Jobseekers, we should be aware what these keywords are in order to help them easily read through our resumes. Knowing what keywords work for your industry will provide an additional advantage on your end regardless if you’re applying online or handing over a printed copy to a Recruiter.

Quick Research will do the Trick

There are different keywords for every job and industry which may require a little research on your part if it’s your first time to look for a job.

One quick way to find out about the keywords that recruiters are looking for is to look at job postings and job ads. Recruiters normally put a clear description of the specific traits or qualities of people that they look for and you should definitely take note of these. Don’t disregard the opportunity to look for work in newspapers. There are still a lot of job openings available on print.

For example, if you want to find a job a “Customer Service Representative” you may want to look at the job description and qualifications that the job requires and then put them on your resume. You will encounter traits and qualities like:

  • People Skills
  • Product Knowledge
  • Communication Skills
  • Patience
  • Attentive
  • Intuitive
  • Results Oriented

Time to Revisit your Resume

When using these keywords, be creative. Don’t just put it in as one big chunk. Incorporate the words on your resume so that it blends naturally with the description of your work experience. The words that you will use must also match the skills and abilities that you possess and avoid using descriptions that do not reflect your present skill level. An example would be:

“Demonstrated product knowledge by assisting customers with common product functionalities and providing troubleshooting tips.”

Some companies are already using Applicant Tracking Systems which allows their HR officers to easily find and short list jobseekers using this type of software. This is one of the best reasons why you should use the right keywords to describe your qualifications and experience.

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