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Most employment agencies and large companies today use databases to quickly and efficiently match job openings with qualified job-seekers Since all resumes, once submitted, are standardized and screening is carried out wholly on the basis of content, it becomes extremely important for a job searcher to use text-based or scannable industry- or job-specific resumes by incorporating keywords and phrases related to the specific position applied for. The general rule is to have a resume containing 25-35 keywords that relate to the job or industry. These keywords can be job-specific skills, technological terms, technical expertise, job titles, certifications, names of products and services, industry buzzwords and jargon, types of degrees, names of colleges, company names, and even area codes (for narrowing down searches geographically). Awards you've won and names of professional organizations to which you belong can even be used as keywords.  Keywords are the nouns that explain to hiring managers what things you performed the actions on.

Below is a list of sample keywords and key phrases relevant to particular career fields.

ACCOUNTING
Account Management
Accounts Receivable
Accounting Software (Lotus 1-2-3, QuickBooks Pro)
Accounts Payable
Benefits Administration
Collections
Departmental Budgeting
Line-item Accounting
Profit & Loss Reports

ACCOUNT CLERK
A.S., Accounting
Client Base
Disbursements
General Ledger
Governmental Laws and Regulations

HOTEL MANAGER
Hospitality
B.S.
Front Desk
Catering
Food and Beverage
Guest Relations
Spanish
Occupancy Rate
Convention Management
Trade Shows
Sales

ADMINISTRATION/MANAGEMENT
Business Alliance Building
Business Development
Contract Negotiations
Contractual Relationships
Departmental Operating Budget
Employee Relations
Leadership Development
Logistic Operations
One-time Agreements
Operational Development
Performance Evaluations
Departmental Policy & Procedures

ADMINISTRATIVE/SECRETARIAL
Customer Development
Database Administration
Front-end Operations
Multi-line Communication System
Office Maintenance
Quality Customer Care & Retention
Word/Data Processing

BUSINESS MANAGER
10 years of related manufacturing
experience
strategic planning
product management
program management
business plan
line management
pricing
team player
CAM
marketing
product strategy
vendor
general management
OEM
profit and loss

BUSINESS OPERATIONS
SPECIALIST

bachelor's degree
4 years of related experience
production schedule
project planning
DESIRED
ability to implement
CList
data analysis
off-shift
team player
automation
ability to plan
customer interaction
VM, CMS, JCL
REXX, UNIX
MVS
analytical ability
customer interface
network
skills analysis
automatic tools

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
Project management
Supervisor
Autocad
Estimator
Schedule management
Records
Safety
Inspection
Subcontractor Management
Permits
Specifications

ENGINEERING
Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Engineering, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Computer, Biomedical, Human Factors, Materials Science
Blueprint Reading
CAD Concepts
Design Realization
Electronic Communications & Technology
Electrical Circuits & Instruments
Equipment Measurement & Control
Fluid Mechanics
HVAC Distribution Systems
ISO Auditor
Kinematic Analysis
Linear Integrated Circuits
Metrology
Microprocessor/Microscontroller Systems
Optoelectronics
Programming
Programmable Controllers
Psychrometrics
Technical Mathematics & Physics Skills

FINANCIAL ANALYST
BS in finance or accounting with 4 years of experience or MBA in related field with 2 years of relevant  experience
financial reporting
financial statement
Excel
financial
trend analysis
financial statement
results analysis 
strategic planning
develop trends
financial modeling
microcomputers
DCF
presentation skills
team player
financial analysis
forecasting
process improvement
policy development
business policies
PowerPoint
Microsoft Word
analytical ability

GRAPHIC ARTIST
Illustrator
Photoshop
Web
HTML
Project Management
Designer
File Formats
Web Palettes
Illustration Skills
Multimedia
Portfolio

HUMAN RESOURCES
Affirmative Action / EEO Regulations
Employee Orientation
Employee Relations & Mediation
HR Program Development
Labor Relations
Performance Development
Personnel Training
Pre-employment Screening
Recruitment Programs
Staffing/Scheduling Requirements
State & Federal Rules and Regulations
Training/Orientation

KEY ACCOUNT &
SALES PROFESSIONAL

Aggressive Marketing
B2B and B2C Clients
Fortune 1000 Companies
Marketing Tactics
Platform Functions
Revenue Increases
Sales Cycle
Software Presentations
Strategic Sales
Top Sales Recognition
Usability Features

LEGAL
Family Law
Law Office Management
Legal Researching & Writing
Litigation Procedures
Probate/Probation
Subrogation Logistics HEALTHCARE
Assessment
Assisted Living Housing
Benefit Eligibility & Determinations
Coding
Congregate Housing
Emergency Response System
Extended Care
Holistic Healing
In-home Services
Initial Therapies
Intake Personnel
Medical Billing & Transcription
Medical Evaluation
Medical Terminology
Patient & Quality Care
Short- and Long-term Care
Skilled Level Care

ORGANIC CHEMIST
Amino acid
Asymmetric
Bioorganic
Catalysis
HPLC
Kinetics
Nucleosides
Photochemistry
Polymer
Structure Flucidation
National Merit Scholar
Mechanistic Studies
Process Development

PROCUREMENT/
PURCHASING/INVENTORY

Backorders
BidNet Interface
Business-to-business
Buyers, emphasis upon transportation
Cash Control
Containerization
Equipment Assets
Import/Export
Inventory Control
Just-in-time (JIT)
Loss & Damage Claims
Production Control
Purchasing Procedures & Techniques
Repairable Assets
Supply Chain Operations & Management
Tariffs, Claims, and Rates
Transportation Negotiations & Logistics IT/IS
Technicians, Programmers, Engineers, Specialists, Analysts, Administrators, Consultants, Architects, Development Managers, System Operators, Editors, Designers, Writers, Advisors, Project Managers, Estimators, Planners, Developers, Integrators

SALES
Client Base
Client Relationship Building
Event Marketing
Lead Groups
Marketing Strategies
Material Forecasting
Networking
One-call Sale
Outside/Inside Sales
Promotional Tactics
Selling Strategies

TECHNICAL/
COMPUTER-RELATED

Client/Server Environment
Programming
Database Management Systems
End-user Software Applications
Hardware & Software Troubleshooting
Help Desk Assistance
Internet/Intranet
Software & Network Operations
System Maintenance & Upgrades
Technical Support
Technician/Analyst/Specialist
User Support
Web Applications
Web Server Administration

Keywords Within a Job Description - see keywords that are highlighted

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