With the advanced technology that is available today, most recruiters are now able to use some form of talent management software that are designed to scan resumes for key words that align with the job duties and requirements mentioned in the job ad. The more key words you can purposefully incorporate into your resume, the more likely your chances are of landing the initial interview. These key words include specific skills, software, computer programs, office procedures, foreign languages, certification, training, and job titles you’ve had.
Advanced Technologies Are Valuable Skills
If your company has just adopted a new business management software and you’ve been (formally or informally) trained on how to use it, you can now add it to your resume as a skill. Take advantage of every opportunity to utilize the newly introduced gadgets and systems in your workplace. It may seem like an extra project to acquire at first, especially when you’ve already learned the ropes of your job, but these new skills highly enhance your employability and value to the company.
Which Key Words are Your Skills?
Key Words vs. Job Titles
Now, when using sites like Careerbuilder, Monster, or Indeed to search for jobs, try typing in your key words, or skills, rather than job titles. Job titles are great, but they attempt to put various similar jobs in the same box. However, once you proceed to examine these jobs separately, you realize that they may have the same titles, but are actually quite different. For example, an enrollment specialist at a college might have a completely different set of job duties than one who works at an apartment complex. One might require knowledge of housing laws, a requirement that may completely disqualify you if you don’t have it. Therefore, the skills play a major role in distinguishing the job so it’s important not to become overly obsessed with the job title.
By now, you’ve probably thought of some ways you can change your methodology for job hunting. Instead of searching for jobs by titles, try searching by your skills (your key words), in order to broaden your scope and to find jobs that might be a better fit for you.