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8 Tips on How to Position Keywords on Resumes and Where to Find Them

Debra Ann Matthews

By DebraAnn Matthews

A keyword is a term that indicates that your skills, talents and experiences can help add value, meet goals and enhance productivity for a corporation who are seeking to hire staff.

Tip #1. Search through job postings and descriptions and look near the top of the post to note relevant important duties of the job. See simplyhired dot com and indeed dot com for job postings.

Keywords can also be defined as phrases that are used by recruiters to search databases for resumes that match position requirements.

Tips #2. The keyword site Juju (job dash search dash engine dot com) has a complete list of titles that you can use to search for keywords. Try adding these keywords to the bottom of your resume. Another great source is wordle dot net for more creative list of relevant keywords.

Susan Whitcomb has indicated that some researchers have indicated that companies look for an average of 3 to 6 keywords on resumes.

Tip #3. Reading professional association newsletters, online bios and attending conferences are the best ways to capture relevant keywords, niche specialties and the latest information on technology essential for job seekers and career changers. Showcase your professional knowledge of the latest techniques for accomplishing goals on your resume, LinkedIn and bio.

To increase your candidacy for your targeted job search to yield results among thousands of other applicants,

Tip #4. Use multiple variations of keywords throughout the resume as ATS systems are looking for several instances of competencies..

Don’t’ falsify your skills sets. That is dishonest and not a good practice for motivated job-seekers and career changers.

Tip #5. Position keywords near the top of the 1st page (within the first 20 to 24 lines) or in the first job descriptor on your resume or LinkedIn profile. If these can be seen on the computer screen without scrolling, hiring professionals will be able to take note quickly.

Tip #6. Add accomplishments next to your targeted keyword for more value.Businesswoman Reading Paperwork

Tip #7. Don’t forget to include geography as a keyword. Many companies would appreciate saving on relocation costs for their ideal candidate.

Tip #8. When submitting resumes via email, add targeted keywords in the file, properties, and summaries sections to re-inforce your skills.

Remember most job applicants will have their cover letter, resume, bio taken through an applicant tracking system that has assess skills levels based on keywords. Next a human eye will look over your targeted skills resume. Keep your job-winning resume among the top of the pile with researched, niche skills and relevant phrases for your ideal company to invite you to engage in a discussion.

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Get Hired Through Skype Interviews

By Amber Grove

Ever since Skype was introduced into the market, more and more innovative ways have been introduced to utilize them. Marketers have been using Skype ads for their products for a while now, and now Skype has replaced phone interviewing altogether in most parts of the world. Skype interviews have many advantages. You need not travel to your employer’s organization, will have a reference to look through when asked about your previous employments and generally be more relaxed in the interview. However, there are several factors that must be considered as you sit through a Skype video call interview. Professionalism cannot be given up just because you have a video conference interview, as your every action is being scrutinized. Presentation plays a big part in the process of hiring individuals, thus you must give off as professional of an image as you can. Here are a few things to go through before you sit Businesswoman Wearing Headset at Computerfor a Skype interview:

Since you’re the first thing that will be noticed in a Skype interview, you must make sure you’re dressed for the part. Remain professional in the colors you wear, do not look scruffy and make sure you conduct yourself with the same stern professionalism that you would in a physical interview. Next, your background must be professional and calm, with no distractions or people going around behind you. Don’t take a video call interview in your bedroom, for example. Sit in a quiet, calm corner where there are no distractions like paintings, big decorations or any of your peers or family members in the background. Pets must be kept in check, you don’t want squawking or mewing or barking to be overheard by your employer. Another factor to be sure of is to keep the doors and windows closed, so no outside noise disrupts your interview. If you have a study room or even a library, have your interview conducted there.

Make sure there’s plenty of lighting in the room, as you want to keep eye contact with your employer and that may not be possible in a darkened room. As mentioned before, you must keep the windows closed but make sure you are seated near one where direct sunlight filters through the glass. This is because any overhead lighting will darken your face and give off an unprofessional look, but sunlight causes a natural effect.

Be dressed for the part, don’t give the interview in your pajamas for instance, or be wearing any accessories that would look out of place in a physical interview. One thing to make sure is to look at the camera lens, since you want the interviewee to think you have direct eye contact with them. Since this is as close as you can get to direct eye contact on a Skype interview, it is better to keep this in check.

Lastly, practice the interview with a friend or family member so you can test out your surroundings, outfit and lighting. If you really want the job, you must make sure you look the part since you cannot show off your eagerness without being physically present.

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How to Not Get Hired – 5 Ways Job-Seekers Take Themselves Out of the Hunt

I help businesses hire the right people to help their company grow.  My recruiting goals are to find the right person quickly, and make sure candidates are who they portray themselves to be.

Need help getting hired?The news reports on unemployment imply a vast pool of talented people awaiting the right opportunity; perfect for many jobs, if only they were provided with a chance.

I have found a different reality, one in which candidates take themselves out of contention.

While online job searches aren’t the easiest way to find a job, thousands of jobs are filled this way.  To improve your odds, here are five top ways not to get hired.

1. High volume applying.  Yes, technology can make things efficient, and it may seem reasonable to set a goal for number of jobs applied for (almost any goal is good).  But most people do not have a great system for making those applications seem customized.  I have read many cover letters that are obviously generically written to describe the person, leaving out why they are a fit for my job.

Poor Impression: Since most jobs require attention to detail, a generic cover letter that omits posting-specific relevant points paints a picture of a corner-cutter who takes the easy way out and is not focused.

Take the time to customize each application to address the specific job requirements you see posted.

2. Generic/Missing email copy.  When I screen resumes, I long to read an engaging and well-worded email.  So many applicants attach a resume and cover letter to a blank email.  In my inbox, they are totally generic.

Poor Impression: This person might be inwardly focused, not customer focused.

A well-worded email, on the other hand, shows the candidate put some thought into why they are qualified, and serves as another cover letter and opportunity to make a memorable point.

3. Not checking job boards regularly.  The best candidates seem to respond within the first 48 hours of a posting.  Either they have excellent timing, or they have a process of checking for opportunities.

Good Impressions: Problem-solver, disciplined, organized

4. Failure to send a thank you.  A thank you note, call, or email shows confidence and a desire for the position.  I treasure the beautifully written emails that tactfully ask for the position.  It shows poise under pressure.

Impression: Not a standout, average.

Taking a moment to send an email thanking someone for the opportunity will set you apart from 99% of your job-seeking competition.

5. Expecting the process to follow your timeline.  In a large corporation, the hiring process can take 6 weeks or more.  In a small business, it can take 1 week.  Candidates expecting a multi-step and lengthy process sometimes mistrust an opportunity (that they applied for) that wants to see them tomorrow.  I know this sounds crazy, but it happens all the time.  It goes the other way, too.  People who REALLY need a paycheck can kill their chances by being overly aggressive in following up.

Impression: Self-centered viewpoint may not do well in new situations.

Don’t be that person who has the skills, but shares them in an offhand way.  Put yourself in the shoes of the reader, and take the extra step to make yourself memorable- you will stand out from the crowd.

Patricia Guerzo

President of GBSC and Chief Strategist is an accomplished business executive with a proven record of enhancing bottom line results.

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