Keywords by Industry

Keywords versus the job-specific keywords

In job-hunting today, there is a different set of magic words for every job - the job-specific keywords also known as resume keywords, CV keywords, buzzwords or simply keywords as general term. Keywords are specific words that relate to the skills and experience the job seekers have in a particular industry or profession.

Employers, recruiters and headhunters use job-specific keywords to find the job candidates they want to interview. That same job-specific keywords when used by job seekers in they resumes become resume keywords or buzzwords. Although one might assume keywords are individual words, they can be phrases too.

You have no way of knowing exactly what job-specific keywords they may use in job applications screening process. To some extent, it is not true, because that information is included in the job adverts and/or job descriptions. Using a simple deduction method described below you may reveal them.

How to identify keywords

Job seekers have been advised for long time to emphasize action verbs/action words/power words in their job-search applications. That action verbs/action words/power words associated with "what you did" are the resume keywordsresume keywords. In the vast majority of cases, they are nouns but they can be phrases too - like in below examples grouped by industries:

Accounting Administrative Banking Business
CEO, CFO, VP and Executive Civil Engineering Computer Systems Construction and Maintenance
Customer Service Education Electrical and Electronic Engineering Engineering
Entertainment and Arts Finance General Government, Public Administration
Hotel and Restaurant Human Resources Information Systems Insurance
Journalism and Media Law Enforcement Legal Management
Manufacturing and Operations Marketing, Public Relations and Advertising Mechanical Engineering Medical
Office Management Project Management Purchasing Real Estate
Research and Science Sales and Retail Security Social Services and Non-Profit
Sports and Recreation Technology Transportation Services Web Services

Use keywords in all your marketing communications, including resumes, CVs, cover letters, interview follow-up letters, executive profiles and more. Carefully integrate them into the text, when and where appropriate. Be sure you are communicating a complete message of who you are and what value and knowledge you bring to the organization.

Remember, these same keywords will be the foundation for your interviews. Not only you need to be able to write about your keywords, but also you must be able to verbally communicate about them as well, in strong and powerful statements that highlight your successes, contributions and achievements.

To make your resumes preparation task easier you may take a look at resume keywords & phrases, resume examples and resume templates.


art_remember accounting keywordsCheck the spelling and grammar of your CV or resume. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or other language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your resume or CV, send it to a professional for assistance.

art_tip accounting keywordsRemember that your resume or CV must be targeted, scannable and generate hits. If you have a difficulty with your CV or resume writing, instead of staring at a blank piece of paper, use:

for CVs:

for resumes:

Other Keywords by Industry Info

Now to finalize your job search, if your cover letter and resume or CV are ready, you may email them through our international job search engine to job recruiters and headhunters.

In addition, on job search, cover letter, resume or CV, business dress codes and job interview pages, you will find very useful tips for many different countries.

Good luck with your keywords by industry.

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