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  • Resume Keywords and KSA (knowledge, skills & abilities) tips:

    You Must Pay Attention to Keywords

    If you are writing your first resume, updating an on old one, or answering a Knowledge, skills, and Abilities section of your resume, you should take a moment and consider which resume keywords would enhance the visibility of your resume to the employers. If the resume keywords that are directly related to the job you are applying are not inserted in your resume, then your resume might not be seen by the employers or the recruiter even though you could have been the perfect candidate for that position.

    One Single Resume Keyword can Communicate Multiple attributes, Qualifications, and Skills.

    If a recruiter sees the keyword “analyst”, he/ she may assume that the candidate’s experiences include data collection,research, process development, and evaluation. One resume keyword alone can pack a huge punch and deliver significantly high impact message.

    Study Job Announcements

    One of the best ways to determine which keywords are important to you desired job is to read and research job announcements and also read bunch of job banks and job sites. You should spend some time reviewing several job adds and their questions for your desired job. The main idea is to discover job skills, experience, education and other attributes and qualifications that are directly related to your field. So you really don’t have to confine yourself to you geographical location. You should consider viewing job adds from other geographical locations as well. The key is to learn the buzzwords and important resume keywords that are targeted for your desired job. Make sure to focus on Job requirements, required skills or qualifications sections of the job postings.

    Be Concise

    The recruiters are bombarded with applications and they are on a time crunch to sort out the good ones from the bad ones. They do this sorting by quickly skimming through all the resumes and only picking out the qualified ones. So, your application needs to pass the skim test. Review your resume and ask yourself:

    • Would the employers and recruiter be able to see my main credentials within 10 to 15 seconds?
    • Is the critical information clearly visible on the page?
    • Is the top quarter of the first page of my resume attractive enough to pass their skim test?

    The Sales Pitch

    Your resume is very quickly skimmed during the first phase, so it is crucial your resume and KSA’s get right to work and market you. The key selling points need to be clearly exhibited at the top of the first page of your the resume. they should directly address the question asked in the KSA section. If the job requirement states that an excellent communication skills is an important qualification, it must show up in the first page and not buried at the end somewhere in the resume. If a KSA question asks about your presentation skills, you should immediately detail your experience and make it visible.

    Use an Editor’s Eye

    Your resume is your business card. Just like a business card does not contain all the details, your resume shouldn’t either. It is useless to clog your resume with unnecessary details. Your resume should only address the questions posed by the job adds. So be judicious and do not ruin your chances of passing the first skim test.

    Use Numbers to Highlight Your Accomplishments

    If you were a recruiter looking at a resume or an answer to a KSA, which of the following entries would impress you more:

    • Wrote new articles.
    • Wrote 20 new artices in a two-week period under daily deadlines.

    Needless to say the second statement packs more punch. Why? Because it uses numbers to help draw a picture of the degree of difficulty involved in the task. Numbers are important and powerful resume tools that will help your accomplishments draw the attention they deserve from potential employers/recruiters.The key here is to effectively quantify your successes on your resume.

    Think Money

    All the companies and organizations are concerned about saving money. So it is recommended that you consider including your job experiences that involved saving money, earning money, or managing money in your previous experiences.

    A typical college student’s resume might have:

    • Identified, researched and recommended a new content management system,saving the company’s time and reducing the costs by 15 percent.
    • Spearheaded a fund raiser that has brought in more than $10,000 donation.
    • Managed a student government budget of more than $5,000.

    Think Time

    Time is money, and reasonably companies are concerned about saving time, meeting deadlines. If you have experiences related to saving time, or managing time, you should make sure to make this clearly visible in your resume because this will grab the employer/recruiter’s immediate attention.

    A typical college student’s resume might include:

    • Assisted with biweekly payroll activities, making sure that the employees were paid on time.
    • Wrote articles for the college news paper under daily deadline.
    • Recommended strategies that reduced average order-processing time from twenty minutes to ten minutes.


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