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Friday, April 25, 2008

In Resumes, Key Words Rule

Key words are nouns or phrases that communicate your job-related skills, responsibilities or functions. They're important because recruiters search resumes for key word matches when sourcing candidates from databases loaded with job-seeker profiles. The more frequently your resume matches the key words contained in a recruiter's search, the more calls you'll get.

"Key words are really buzz words," explains Wendy Enelow, a trainer and career consultant based in Coleman Falls, Va., and author of Best Key Words for Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews. "Key words give you power when you are writing your resume. Not only is it important to include key words throughout your resume, but carry the concept throughout all of your job search activities by using the same language in your cover letter and during more.

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