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The Power of Resume Keywords

Have you ever wondered how recruiters find resumes online? Whether you're using,,, or the hundreds of other job search websites, they all have one thing in common: a resume search feature. Recruiters and hiring managers do not have time to look at the hundreds of resumes that they can receive for an open position. In order to make their lives easier, they use a resume search feature to find candidates that contain specific keywords on their resume. What are keywords? Keywords can be:

Keywords are very important. Popular job search sites rank resumes not only what keywords are used, but also how frequently the keywords occur a person's resume. In other words, the more you use a particular keyword that a recruiter is searching for, the higher you are likely to rank in the results. The same is true with how recent or where certain keywords occur on your resume.

For example, if a person has "C++ programming" on his or her resume peppered throughout different companies that he or she has worked for, the computer program will push a person's resume to the top of the results because he or she likely has strong C++ programming experience. Important: Do not keyword spam your resume. If you do, your resume will be trashed and the company may blacklist you for trying to cheat the system. Finally, a great way to learn more about the systems that job sites use is to actually research the tools they use on your own. Visit sites like and click on the "Employer" link along the top of their page to learn more about their resume search tool.

Resume, interview and other career-related articles written by Tony Lim of Empowering Job Seekers.