Q. I understand that it is very important to use key words in my resume so my resume gets founds when I put it online at the job boards or career sites, such as LinkedIn. How should I use key words in my resume?
A. Key words can be used may ways. For example, you can create a keywords list that is includes up to 8 phrases or a section going across the page – margin to margin – if you have more than 15 phrases. Always make format decisions that use the text in an attractive way and make it easy for the reader to find what they are looking for. You can also use keywords throughout the resume. They do not have to be in one place. Keeping them grouped in one place is great for the human eye. But, for the Google Bots, they can be placed anywhere. Using key words in groups and throughout the resume is advisable.
Q. It seems as if everyone uses the same key words. How can I be sure that my keywords are not ordinary. Are there any resources to find good key words to use in my resume?
A. Key words can be over used. For example, cross-functional team leader, budget control, project management, etc. Although these are perfect good key words, they are common. The best place to find key words is in a job ad. Use as may functional and job-specific key words as possible, such as RFP Development, Business Modeling, IT Infrastructure Development, and Global Business Expansion.
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