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Quick Tip #89: Include keywords in your CV
May 29, 2014
These days Application Tracking Systems (ATSs) are very common in the area of recruitment, especially among large corporate employers for roles attracing high volumes of applications. These automated systems work by matching candidate applications against pre-defined lists of keywords that are relevant to a given job. The idea is that irrelevant submission are filtered out of the process.
ATSs are by no means foolproof because they rely on candidates including these set keywords in their CVs and applications. In theory a qualified candidate could be rejected just because their CV failed to press the right buttons. From your perspective therefore it is more important than ever to make sure that your CV includes keywords relevant to the roles being targeted. Of course, you may already know what these are but if you are unsure it is worth reviewing job vacancies on LinkedIn or on some of the job boards. This can help you identify the most common acronyms, phrases and competencies for your targeted roles and guide you as to what you should include in your resume.
As a word of warning though, make sure the keywords your choose are a fair reflection of your experience and that they are relevant to your experience - avoid stuffing them into your CV just for the sake of getting hits. It may fool a computer but probably not a real person.