It’s important to realise how important it is to use relevant keywords on your online CV’s, resumes and profiles such as LinkedIn to increase your chances of being spotted by the right employers. This applies no matter what your sector is.
For example, if you are a software developer, you should mention programs you use like
This will help recruiters who are looking for candidates with those specific attributes to fish you out from the crowd.
Don’t forget your previous roles:
- ‘reviewing and maintaining current systems’
- ‘writing programme codes’
- ‘testing manuals’.
You can look at job descriptions for guidelines, as those specific requirements would be what they are looking for.
Listing your qualifications is a must. For example an IT network manager could include:
- ‘higher professional diploma for IT practitioners’ or
- ‘BTEC/HND in computing’
- or any others like OCR award and NVQs.
Use nouns not verbs where you can avoid them. Employers are looking for skills, degrees, job titles and names of products and software rather than searching directly for ‘assisted or contributed’.