Where Do I Find Them?
The question today is how do I know or how do I find the business functional keywords that are pertinent to me for my resume, for my CV and for my LinkedIn profile.
Download this free E-book
Firstly, I would like to direct you to my main website, aneliteresume.com where you can download, for free, an E-book of 36 different industries where their keywords are portrayed. Please do me a favor. If you see industry keywords that you don’t see in that E-book, please feel free to email me because I want to update it because keywords are always changing, and you want to have the right ones, and I want to share the right keywords with everybody.
Checkout Your Peers
So secondly, go on to LinkedIn and type in your function and look for your peers who’ve got very similar keywords. You need to have those keywords if they are pertinent to you. Now, how many should you have? I would suggest on your resume and your CV, a maximum of 18, and you could reprioritize those.
The next way is to scrutinize the advertisement, the job listing for keywords, industry specific keywords that they are looking for, and then put those in your resume. Only use the keywords if you have them; please don’t put buzzwords in your resume to get attention if you don’t have that skillset.
Play This Game
Play a game with yourself. I tell my clients, when they’re rewriting their resume (if they decide not to engage me) to play a game with themselves. Imagine your resume was hidden in your computer. What business functional, specific buzzwords would you type in to have your resume come out of the search? Because your resume must pass that automated tracking system, the ATS machinery.
Keywords on LinkedIn
Then moving onto LinkedIn, they are very generous with the number of keywords you’re allowed to put in there. You can have a maximum of 50. Now, those top three in the white section on LinkedIn are your three main skills. The skills that you want to be found for. So think about what are your three main skills and make sure you have them in the white section at the top and the other 47 below in the shaded blue, gray color scheme. You need to have all your other business buzzwords. I would suggest stop at 20 or 40, fill it out completely. The more buzzwords you have in this section, the more people will find you when they’re hunting for talent, just like you.
So hopefully you’ve gained a wealth of knowledge on keywords and how to go and source them. There is a multitude of places. Download my free e-book, complete your LinkedIn keyword section, go and look at your peers, either people who you know, or other people in your industry, and lastly, pull the keywords out of that job search listing or that advertisement. Keywords are going to make or break you!
If you wanted a free, no-obligation, no sales pitch, resume critique. I will be thrilled to give you 30 minutes of my time. I go through it from top to bottom, but be warned, I do say it as it is, and I will tell you why you’re not getting any traction.
If so, email me in the message section on LinkedIn, or send me an email using the link posted below. I’ll be happy to have a conversation with you and go through your resume from top to bottom, because one mistake, can count you out of one interview. And one job.