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How Can Keywords Help With a Job Search?


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Question: How Can Keywords Help With a Job Search?

Using keywords to job search helps job seekers narrow search results to get targeted job listings that match their criteria.

Answer: There are several ways you can use keywords to help job search efficiently. Keywords help you refine your searches so the job listings in the results closely match the type of position you are seeking.

Job Keywords
Use job keywords to find jobs in the career fields and industries you are interested in. Keywords can be more effective than using the predefined search options in the job banks, because they search the entire listing (job description, job title, contact information, etc.) for the keyword(s) that you use. When you use the job search engine sites you will need to enter a keyword to search. Use terms (like graphic designer or marketing assistant, for example) that closely match the type of job you are seeking to generate a list of relevant jobs.

Location Keywords
Keywords are also useful for finding jobs in a certain geographic location. Enter the specific location (city, state and/or country) where you want to work to get a list of jobs in that city.

Company Keywords
Keywords are helpful for finding jobs at specific companies. Use the company name as keyword when searching job sites. Also, search Google using the company name as a keyword to find the company web site. Most companies list open positions in the careers section of their web site.

Type of Job Keywords
If you're looking for a certain type of position, like a summer, temporary, or part-time job, you can use related keywords to help narrow your search and generate job listings that meet that criteria.

Cover Letter Keywords
How to use skill, results and recognition keywords in your cover letter to increase your chances of getting selected for an interview.

Resume Keywords
Most companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings. Resume keywords are the words that those hiring managers search for when going through their database of resumes.

Read More: Keywords Lists for Resumes, Cover Letters and Job Applications

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