Key­words, sum­maries can help your ré­sumé get no­ticed

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Vicki Salemi MON­STER CA­REER EX­PERT

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Q. What’s the best way to get my ré­sumé no­ticed?

A. Hir­ing man­agers only take a few sec­onds to check out your ré­sumé. When I was a re­cruiter, I lit­er­ally only needed three sec­onds to as­sess a ré­sumé. So the best way to get hir­ing man­agers to look at your ré­sumé in­volves lever­ag­ing key­words.

Key­words help you speak the hir­ing man­ager’s lan­guage. For ex­am­ple, if you’re pur­su­ing a job in hu­man re­sources, but the job de­scrip­tion refers to the role as “hu­man cap­i­tal man­age­ment,” tweak your ré­sumé so that in­cludes the key­words “hu­man cap­i­tal man­age­ment.”

Other things I was look­ing for on a can­di­date’s ré­sumé in­cluded di­rect ex­pe­ri­ence and skills that re­flected the job de­scrip­tion; and clearly in­di­cated ed­u­ca­tional de­grees. When I re­cruited Ph.D. can­di­dates in eco­nom­ics, if any­one didn’t have that spe­cific cre­den­tial, they were im­me­di­ately dis­missed.

Here are some other ways to get your ré­sumé no­ticed. In your sum­mary at the top of your ré­sumé, high­light any unique skills you have, such as your abil­ity to speak a sec­ond lan­guage. If you work for a com­peti­tor or used to work for a com­peti­tor, be sure to high­light that.

Be­fore you ap­ply to jobs, take a few mo­ments to re­view the job de­scrip­tions thor­oughly. When you list your skills and ex­pe­ri­ences, make sure they ap­pear in the same or­der as they do in the job de­scrip­tion—the or­der tends to in­di­cate their level of im­por­tance from the top to the bot­tom. The few min­utes you spend fix­ing your ré­sumé will be well worth your time.

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