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The Power of Keywords - How to Tailor Your Resume for Each Job Application

We all know that when it comes to a job application, your resume needs to stand out from the rest. To make it stand out it needs to be targeted to the role and include many of the keywords the hiring manager is looking for.

Start by analysing the job description to identify the key skills mentioned. These keywords are essential to mention in your application. Other things to include are research buzz words and terminology. All industries have different terminology. The way a nurse speaks is a lot different to a driller out on a rig. Make sure you include the terminology relevant to the role.

The main areas you will use these keywords and terminology are under the professional profile section of your resume and when listing your key capabilities or skills. You want both on the first page of the resume!

Use the keywords and industry words strategically throughout your resume. Focus on the skills and experience that directly relate to the job requirements to demonstrate your fit for the role.

When it comes to your professional profile, tailor your statement to include relevant keywords from the job description. This section sets the tone for the rest of your resume and is the very first thing the potential employer reads.

When it come to the key capabilities section or the skill section - include a dedicated skills section where you list key skills relevant to the job. This section acts as a quick reference and using the right keywords mentioned allows your resume to pass through applicant tracking systems (ATS) with ease.

By tailoring your resume with relevant keywords and speaking the language of the recruiter, you can create a resume that grabs attention, and increases your chances of landing an interview.

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