Where do I get keywords from for my CV?
Using the right keywords and phrases to ensure the hiring manager notices your CV is a hugely important aspect when it comes to CV creation. If you get this part right, you could easily put yourself head and shoulders above the rest of your competition.
Where do I find the keywords?
One of the best places to find all the keywords you’ll ever need is the job advert itself. Here you will find exactly what the employer is looking for, and the type of words and phrases they like to use.
Another fantastic reason for using keywords from the job advert is the likelihood that the same person who created the advert is also going to be reading your CV. At the end of the day you want to make the reader’s job as easy as possible – especially when they only spend around 20-30 seconds on average reading each CV.
What types of keywords am I looking for?
Here are some examples of the words and phrases often used in job adverts, which you can use within your own CV –
Great public speaker
Fantastic communication skills
Experience at leading a team
Managerial experience required
ACCA accounting qualifications required
Full UK driving licence a must
You will see from the above list that the important keywords have been highlighted. Every job advert will of course be very different and will provide various keywords. Try to extract the important parts of the job advert and see how you can then insert this into your CV to show that you have these covered.
Are some keywords more important than others?
Yes, some keywords are far more important than others and you do have to be careful not to select the generic words too often. Words like ‘dynamic’ are a lot less important than ‘Managerial experience’.
Try to stay clear of the generic words if you can, and only use them once at the most. Read between the lines as much as you can and jot down what you feel the employer is really looking for. What is important to them? What type of candidate are they looking for?
Ultimately, using similar jargon, keywords and phrases as the job advert, you are already a step ahead of your competition.