How to Play the Job Search Keyword Game - US News

If you're sick of hearing about keywords, join the club. For anyone job searching, it is time-consuming and not easy to do. But keywords and phrases are essential! Applicant tracking systems are used by large and small companies alike. These software systems search and parse your resume for information that matches the job description. For better or worse, they determine which resumes human resources staff review in detail.

So, what does this mean for you? You absolutely must use keywords. If you don't have typical keywords from your industry or profession in your resume, you probably won't be looked at closely for any opportunity. You need to put some additional work into your resume to make sure you are not overlooked for jobs you are more than qualified for. Read on to learn step by step how to identify and use the right keywords.

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