When you’re submitting a resume electronically it is usually run through a search engine before it even is viewed by human recruiter. These resume search engines are becoming more sophisticated and they pick up when you’ve stuffed every industry keyword under the sun into your resume. Read on to see how to use keywords that work for both machines and humans.
Why Focus On Keywords?
Some recruiters see 200 or more resumes a day for project manager roles. As the market is so competitive, recruiter’s use sophisticated software applications to scan resumes and look for desirable keywords. After resumes are scanned into the system they are searched and ranked. A hiring manager decides which keywords best identify the skills needed in a candidate for a particular position.
What Should I Do?
To create the perfect project managers resume use “Project Management Industry” terms. Recruiters and HR people search for the most obvious or common project management terms when seeking out candidates to forward to a hiring manager.
So how do you figure out what keywords people might be looking for?
Get keyword hints from the job listing itself. If you read the job listing carefully you will be able to get into the mind of employers who are literally spelling out what they want.
Use courses, industry journals, industry websites and training manuals and get to know the project manager “lingo”.
Don’t just stuff them in!
Resume search engines are becoming more sophisticated and therefore will know when you’ve stuffed every industry keyword under the sun into every corner of your resume. Make sure you resume reads naturally and contains industry keywords.
Here’s a sample of a low keyword” sentence:
15 years of successful experience and proven ability to meet objectives, work with clients and develop new business.
Here’s a sample of a ”keyword” rich sentence:
Project Management Professional with 15 years project and program management experience with international building, IT, government and petroleum industry experience.
Where can I put them?
Look for any opportunity to add keywords to other sections of your resume. Include keywords in job responsibilities, skills, training courses, career accomplishments, education, and the qualification section. Use different mixtures of keywords in different sections.
If you make your resume keyword rich you’ll stand a higher chance of getting the “call”.
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