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Keywords on a Resume
      #686190 - 09/22/11 04:26 AM

While trying to fill an open position recently, I almost missed out on a candidate because he hadn't included the keyword "XML" on his resume.

http://strazzere.blogspot.com/2011/09/3-characters-missing-from-resume.html

How do you ensure that your resume includes the right amount of keywords so that it doesn't get rejected by a recruiter's filter, yet isn't overly cluttered?

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Re: Keywords on a Resume [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #686215 - 09/22/11 05:36 AM

How about the inverse of this, I find it incredibly annoying when the recruiter goes through and actually highlights keywords on resumes for my benefit. How they heck is this person supposed to know what I find interesting?

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Re: Keywords on a Resume [Re: James Pulley]
      #686222 - 09/22/11 06:12 AM

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How they heck is this person supposed to know what I find interesting?



Haven't you already discussed what would make a candidate interesting with the recruiter?

I would assume the recruiter is just reflecting back what she/he heard?

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Re: Keywords on a Resume [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #686229 - 09/22/11 06:27 AM

Nope, they are just keywording tools and tool terms within sentences.... I can read those for myself thank you.

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Re: Keywords on a Resume [Re: James Pulley]
      #686263 - 09/22/11 08:49 AM

Certain bodies of information (the Library of Congress catalog, for example) are designed in such a way that their content items - articles, videos, photos, whatever - actually have a keywords section (though it is not always referred to as such.)

It's probably never going to happen, but if it became customary to include a "Keywords" section somewhere in a resume, Joe's problem would either disappear or be minimized.

In case someone here reacts with "heck, you could put ANYTHING in the keywords section!" consider that you can already do that within the resume itself.


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Re: Keywords on a Resume [Re: Peter Ruscoe]
      #686277 - 09/22/11 10:09 AM

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How do you ensure that your resume includes the right amount of keywords so that it doesn't get rejected by a recruiter's filter, yet isn't overly cluttered?




One naff trick used a lot on job portals is to put lots of key words in white, 1 point font in the document footer. This gets picked up by the automated word search tools so supposedly increases the chance a human will look at it.

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Re: Keywords on a Resume [Re: Squamry]
      #686419 - 09/23/11 09:03 AM

A couple of times I've been sent job ads by recruiters for positions in the finance sector. I found this quite confusing (I've never worked in that sector) until I worked out that my surname matches the name of a banking protocol.

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Re: Keywords on a Resume [Re: Tom_S]
      #686425 - 09/23/11 09:51 AM

LOL!

Perhaps if candidates listed their middle name as "Regression", "Functional", "Automated" or even "Xml", they'd get more offers?

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