Definition of resume key words and key phrases: Looking beyond just resumes, key words and key phrases can be defined as unique search terms that make it easy to find documents or websites you’re searching for that contain those specific words or phrases.
When it comes to key words for resumes, certain words / phrases (often found in the job description) have to be on the resume or an automated resume screener won’t find your resume. It’s that simple. And human resume screeners also have those words in mind when searching through or glancing through dozens of dozens of resumes trying to find ones that match what they’ve been asked to find.
Your resume still needs to be more than a bunch of keywords since it gets seen by human eyes down the road. (Resumes hyperloaded with key words can look bogus, so be careful that it’s all legit and helps build a picture of you and your strengths – and not just disparate skills designed to get selected by a computer.)
To make it through at least the first gauntlet, figure out what key words will best serve you and make sure you add them (more than once if possible and legit) with strong related accomplishments if you have them. (Again, check job description since often the person who wrote that provides the systems people with key words or puts it in herself/himself.)
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