How can I effectively use keywords in my CV?
A common mistake made when writing a CV is to pay little or no attention to the job advert you’re working from. Each and every employer has their own needs and requirements, and no matter how similar the roles are this will always be different and will reflect in the job advert itself.
Identifying and using keywords in your CV is an important strategy to apply, and one which should be taken very seriously if you want to gain an interview.
But why are keywords so important and where do I find them?
How to find and identify keywords
The best place to start when it comes to finding keywords to use in your CV is the job advert. Almost all of the keywords you’ll need will be contained here, so this is a great place to begin jotting down and identifying the phrases and keywords they are using, as well as any technical jargon.
Technical jargon is a great way to show the employer you are knowledgeable and are reading from the same hymn sheet. If you don’t have much experience in this particular role then this will be a vital part of demonstrating that you understand the role and the company.
Is there anywhere else I can find keywords?
Overall you want to try and customise your CV to the role and the company, helping them to see that you understand the industry and what will be required of you in the role.
If you conduct a good amount of research then you may be able to create the right keywords and phrases yourself, and rather than only using the same keywords as the job advert, you can customise every single sentence you right with the employer in mind.