Resume 2023 Keywords

Lindsay Karny
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Today we are going to talk about how the right keywords in your CV 2023 would help to go through all the filters and place on the HR’s desk. What do we mean saying “filters”? It’s not about hiring manager good mood or your level of expertise – it’s more about special software, which made the employment processes easier. As the result, each resume is go through special ATS systems, make the consideration process faster and help the hiring manager do not spend time on the candidates, who are 100% would not satisfy the profile of person they are looking for a specific position.

Resume keywords

Let’s try to understand this process a little bit deeper. Applicant Tracking Systems – it’s the special software, which scan your resume for the keywords and it’s a kind of so-called “filter”, which could easily put sort your resume to “inbox” OR “trash” pile. While it’s the first moderation step machine does, you should know how and where to include resume keywords. Because they are only the one factor, which could help you to land your resume on HR table.

How It Works – Resume Storage

We hope you have already tried to search a job, using some popular job searching resources alike: indeed or usajobs. Have you tried to search a job using some keywords? We guess you did it and you’ve hot search results, trying to find the most relevant job ad, according your skills and experience.

The same thing we could see in Applicant Tracking System. It’s database was designed not only to satisfy hiring manager’s need to sort candidates, but to store them in personal database. They has their own search engine, which could easily find any candidate, who applied for any position, since ATS was installed. And how do you think, how search engine is able to find relevant candidates in seconds? Resume Keywords – here is the answer and it’s a key to your success.

Resume keywords 2023 - how it works
How ATS systems sort candidates using keywords in your resume 2023 and sort candidates by relevance

More modern ATS systems includes synonym search and “keyword weight” settings. For example if you are looking for a “Sales Manager” and you need candidate with an expertise in IT sales, you could easily put more weight to this keyword and get more relevant candidates with expertise in IT sales.

Also, you should remember that in huge international companies, such systems are not only to sort “fresh” candidates, who applied recently (up to one week ago). They are using their database to find candidates daily and it doesn’t matter when you applied. If you are already submitted your resume to their database – it’s a good chance to be found. And it’s a good idea to optimize your resume 2023 using the proper keywords for that.

What resume 2023 keywords should i include?

Looks like it’s nothing hard to do – all you need is simply include the keywords to your resume and the job is done! It’s not as easy as you could expect. Why? Because there is no one list with all the keywords for each position. Only the hiring manager knows what skills should candidate has for the vacant position.

And how it works, when the hiring manager is writing a job description? When HR already submitted job ad on the website, or anywhere they did, they added a list of keywords into ATS and bind it to already prepared keyword list.

How to prepare keywords for your resume

Prepare a clean sheet of paper and list 10+ or more skills, which could describe your qualification. You should remember one thing – resume skills are divided into two groups:

  • Hard skills
  • Soft skills

What is the main difference between these groups:

Soft skills you can’t measure and check how well you know them or you can use them. For example it could be: team player, management, non-conflict etc.

Hard skills are those, which HR could easily check asking to do a test. For example it could be (Photoshop, php, C++ or other software or technologies they required)

USEFUL TIP. Make sure ATS could recognize the keywords in your resume, adding acronyms. For example HR could forget to add such keyword like “Chief Technical Officer”. Make sure you add “CTO” to your resume, increasing your chances and relevance.

Where to place keywords in your resume

It’s important to not over-staff your resume with a huge amount of keywords in your resume. It’s not a joke, because even your resume would go through the ATS, it wouldn’t be readable for the HR.

That’s why you need to weave keywords into different blocks in your resume to avoid over staffing. How you could do that? For example, you would like to show your problem solving skills. A good solution is to add this skills to your resume summary block, alike: “10 years as a Sales Manager with proven problem solving skill and..”

By the way, many job seekers place their keywords in different resume blocks:

  • Below the position title (list of skills candidate gained during the time he worked on this position)
  • Skill-set block (Most-likely you could find that in functional resume format)
  • Achievements and summary of qualifications block. It’s the one of the best places to include extra skills to your resume text.

We hope, you have already finished with preparing your resume 2023 keyword list and ready to move to the next resume writing step. If yes, let’s try to understand how to write a resume heading. Anyway, we hope that now you know how to create a keyword list for your resume and where to place them across your resume.

Have already sent your resume2023? What’s going next

Looks like it’s not hiring manager emailed you back with a predefined answer like:

Dear Mr/Ms #Name, thank you for submitted resume. We would consider your candidacy and contact you shortly.

And..Silence! No reply, nobody answered you. Looks like server emailed you back and said “Hello!”) Don’t worry, now we’re going to talk about how it works and what’s behind applicant tracking system soul.

Ok. Let’s start from the easiest. The main goal why recruitment agencies or huge companies spend their money on applicant tracking systems  – is to speed up hiring process. If we’re talking about huge companies, in some cases average hiring manager must close up to 20 positions monthly. And you still think it’s possible to do listing tons of resumes in your inbox? You’re wrong. The main core of any ATS – it’s resume keywords. And the way you use them – sometimes would help you to be on the top of the list. Let us provide you with some advices on how to optimize your resume 2023 and win the competition.

#1. Specific resume keywords

ATS – it’s only machine which help hiring manager to sort relevant resumes. It is not so stupid as you think, but it’s possible to hack it a little bit. So, what keywords are better to use in 223? Use more specific keywords. Don’t use general. If you are SEO specialist, do not overwhelm your resume with such keywords like: marketing, research, semantic core..

Try to use relevant keywords, but not as general, that could 100% be in ATS database. Try to use more broad match keywords like:

  • SEO analysis
  • Content research strategies
  • New link building approaches

#2. Context matters in 2023 resume

Don’t think that using some alternative keywords would get your resume on the top. Context is still matters. Year to year, applicant tracking systems are smarter and it’s not enough just to add some synonymous. If you add some skills like financial analyst, it’s better to add some tools you used for that or some approaches like SWOT or any else.

#3. Just keywords. Where is resume?

If you finished with writing your resume, it’s time to read it. If you can’t read it, because it’s a list of keywords, it time to cut back some. If you think it’s difficult to do it on your own, ask somebody to help you.

In any cases good written resume 2023 – without not overstuffed with keywords is the best chance to get your job. We know it, but we promised you to tell all about recruitment processes.