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You Must Tailor Your Resume to the Job Posting

Companies post detailed job descriptions for a reason: they want qualified candidates to apply and they want to screen out non-qualified candidates. You can use the job description to your advantage by tailoring your resume with the use of keywords.

What are Keywords?

A position that is advertised online may receive thousands of applications everyday. To sort through this avalanche and find qualified candidates, Recruiters and Hiring Managers use Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to screen for selected keywords that match job descriptions. Keywords are usually a combination of the job title, the industry, and relevant skills and technologies,

Below is a job description for an elementary language arts position. I have highlighted the keywords.

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Tailoring Your Resume

Now that we have picked out the keywords from the job description, we can tailor our resume to include those words. You can do this by having a separate section dedicated exclusively to key words, entitled “Key Skills,” “Skills.” “Core Competencies,” or “Areas of Expertise.” and then simply listing the keywords:

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Some Takeaways

If you want to be successful in your job search you need to tailor every resume that you submit so that it incorporates keywords used in the job description. Recruiters and Hiring Managers use keywords to screen candidates. If this process seems overwhelming to you or if you’re completely lost don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

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