Career Keywords for Resumes and Online Profiles

What are career keywords?  Career keywords are names of skills, experience, tools, places, and companies.

To find information on the Internet, search engines look up words or keywords.

Hiring managers use keywords to find matches between the words in job specifications and the words in resumes and online profiles.

Here are some examples of names that might help a hiring manager find you and, therefore, you might want to include in your resume and in your online profile.

  1. Names of companies where you have worked, especially names of prestigious companies in your field
  2. Names of schools you have attended
  3. Names of academic achievements: cum laude, dean’s list, first in graduating class
  4. Names of clients or key accounts
  5. Names of brands, products, or services you have developed
  6. Names of fields in which you worked
  7. Names of computer software or applications you know: C++, PowerPoint, JavaScript, Java, Google Documents, iOS, Android
  8. Names of certifications:  Certified Public Accountant, Certified Marriage and Family Counselor,  Credentialed Teacher, Licensed Driver of Commercial Vehicles
  9. Names of Hard skills:  Fluent in French, Typing Speed: 120 words per minute, Diesel Mechanic
  10. Names of Soft Skills:  Team Builder, Inter-departmental Facilitator, New-hire Mentor ranks words based on how often they appear in Internet search. You can test the effectiveness of keywords you are using in your resume and online profile by entering them into Google Trends.

What keywords have you found helpful?

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