Resume Tip Tuesday: 3 Types of Essential Keywords

Posted June 04, 2013

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A great resume is packed full of juicy keywords … and, no, not in a robotic, repetitive type of way. Your keywords need to be varied, and sprinkled tactfully.

Here’s why:As a recruiter, we look for very specific needs for a particular job,” says Kathryn Ullrich, executive search consultant at Kathryn Ulrich Associates and lead Alumni Career Services for UCLA Anderson School of Management, helping MBA alumni find jobs. And the more tailored your resume is to the job description, the more chances your resume will come up on top! So, pull up your resume and open a tab with the job description and consider adding these types of keywords:

For example, if Ullrich were to search for a product manager, she’d search the following keywords, based on the tailored needs for her clients:

1. Expertise in Specific Systems You’ve Used

Payments and merchant processing 

Reinsurance [industry] and data model

Dashboard and workforce performance

Dealer management system and inventory

2. Popular Acronyms in your Industry

SaaS and evangelize


3. Name Drop Clients or Companies You’ve Worked With

Digital television and McKinsey [or Bain, BCG, or other 

consulting firm names] 

So, be sure to include the above types of keywords pertaining to your desired job in your resume!

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