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How to Include Keywords in Your Resume

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Resume Keyword examples
Andrew St. Clair

Your resume should include the same keywords that appear in job descriptions. That way, you will increase your chances of your resume matching available positions - and of you being selected for an interview.

Your resume keywords should include specific job requirements, including your skills, software and technology competencies, relevant credentials, and previous employers.

For example, based on experience, a candidate for an employee benefits management position might use the following resume keywords: employee benefit plans, CEBS, health care benefits, benefit policy, FMLA. A customer service representative could include: customer service, customer tracking system, computer skills, order entry experience.

The best way to find keywords to use in your resume is to use a job search engine to search for job listings. Check the results to see if you can find a common theme in the keywords listed in the job postings. Incorporate those skill keywords into your resume. Also check this list list of action keywords you can use to describe those skills.

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