Keywords are Key – Human Resources

Keywords are key to having your resume noticed! With the increasing prevalence of scanning technology, employing keywords in a resume to attract maximum attention – by a human and/or computer scanner – has become a critical component of building an attention getting resume. Keywords are the terms deemed by the employer to represent the essential job attributes. Each industry and profession has specific keywords. Companies and recruiters are searching resumes for specific keywords and key phrases to find the candidates with the skills, qualifications and expertise to fulfill the job requirements. Incorporating keywords into a resume and cover letter help you to secure optimum attention and outperform your competition.

The keywords you select should portray your Value Proposition and match what the employer is seeking. Incorporating job specific and employer pertinent keywords in the top third of page 1 of your resume significantly elevates your chances of attracting the employers’ interest in your candidacy. How do you find the “right” keywords to secure maximum attention? Utilize your knowledge of the company, profession, industry and review online postings of similar positions. Each profession has the potential for hundreds of keywords. With the prevalence of electronic search capability, failure to incorporate the “right” keywords is not an option!

The top 48 keywords in Human Resources are:

  1. Annual Appraisals
  2. Assessment & Selection
  3. Behavioural Interviewing
  4. Benchmarking
  5. Benefit Administration
  6. Business Reengineering
  7. Change Management
  8. Coaching / Mentoring
  9. Collective Bargaining
  10. Compensation
  11. Contract Negotiations
  12. Culture Management
  13. Curriculum Development
  14. Diversity Management
  15. Employee Handbook
  16. Employee Relations
  17. Employee Retention
  18. Employee Surveys
  19. Executive Search
  20. Facilitation
  21. Grievances
  22. Health & Safety Programs
  23. HR Policies & Procedures
  24. HRIS Technology Solutions
  25. Human Capital Management
  26. Job Descriptions
  27. Labour Relations
  28. Leadership Development
  29. Mentoring
  30. Merger & Acquisition
  31. Organizational Development
  32. Orientation
  33. Pay For Performance
  34. Pension Administration
  35. Performance Management
  36. Personnel Records
  37. Professional Development
  38. Program Design
  39. Recruitment
  40. Regulatory Affairs
  41. Rewards & Recognition
  42. Salary Reviews
  43. Strategic HR Planning
  44. Succession Planning
  45. Training & Development
  46. Vendor Management
  47. Workflow Reviews
  48. Workforce Planning

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