As our staffing professionals have explained, adding keywords to your resume can help you capture the attention of employers and make it easier to show off why you are a great candidate. In 2015, we gave you a list of resume keywords to include, and to leave off, your resume.

The hiring market has changed a bit since 2015, and the traits that are most in-demand for employers have evolved. To make sure your resume still incorporates keywords in an effective way, consider top resume keywords NOT to use, which include:

  • Aptitude for
  • Business-savvy
  • Dynamic
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Innovative

You want to avoid these terms, and any similar terms that don’t add any meaning and are empty buzzwords that won’t add value to your resume.

Of course, the use of resume keywords is still a good idea if you want to show off all you can do and hoping to help your resume stand out from the crowd. There are many keywords you may want to include to show employers you have the traits they are seeking in job candidates. Here is a short sampling of what these keywords may include:

  • Achieved
  • Advised
  • Chaired
  • Coordinated
  • Computed
  • Coached
  • Developed
  • Drafted
  • Independently
  • Optimized
  • Presented
  • Pioneered
  • Proven
  • Quantified

By using these keywords, you make it easier for employers to find you online when they search resume databases. You can also catch the hiring manager’s eye when they skim the resume you submit. Strong action words and the use of positive keywords can convince a hiring manager you are the candidate they want to talk to, which is the first step in finding your dream job.

So, how can I successfully include keywords in my resume?

The inclusion of keywords should be natural – you don’t want to stuff your resume full of buzzwords that may not make logical sense when reading your resume. When selecting your key terms, review the job description and select the key terms included in the description and incorporate these in your application organically. Additionally, include any key phrases that emphasize the work you have achieved and showcase your skills and experience.

SmartTalent can get your resume in front of top employers in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas. Our staffing professionals also offer advice on resume keywords to strengthen your resume. Give us a call today to find out more.