Organize And Prioritize Resume Keywords in 2022

I talk to many clients on a daily basis. And one question pops up more often than others, and that is – What keywords do I need to include in my resume in order to get an XY role? What are the best keywords to have in a resume? How do I pass the ATS? And the truth is there is no one answer to that question.

There are certain skills that every executive should have. But does that mean that every executive would have all the same keywords in their resume? Absolutely not. This can vary significantly depending on the role itself as well as the type of organization. For example, if you are a Chief Information Officer, your keywords and skills would different greatly from the skills and keywords a Chief People Officer needs to include on their resume.

The key is in customization

When it comes to finding a new role, you want to have a clear goal in mind first. A good job search is a targeted job search. There are some steps that you should take first:

  • Find three ideal roles that you would like to have
  • Identify three industries that you are interested in
  • Find out what is the type of organization that you would like to work for
  • Do your research
  • Activate your network

All of this needs to happen before you start applying anywhere. Once you have a clear goal, you start implementing your job search strategy. After you have identified your targets, you would start with your research. Find 10 potential jobs you would apply for and study them thoroughly. What are their common keywords? What are the key skills required for those roles?

Make a list of all of those skills. Take this one step further, and start reaching out to people that you have in your network. Reach out to people that already have the roles that you would like to have first. What do they identify as key skills needed for the role that they are currently occupying? Add those to your list as well.

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By Fernando Pires
Fernando Pires Career Advising & Recruitment Coordinator