Keywords are Key – Engineering

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  Engineering are:

  1. Bill of Materials
  2. Capital Management
  3. cGMP / cGDP / cGLP
  4. Commissioning
  5. Continuous Improvement
  6. Design Engineering
  7. Design Specifications
  8. Engineering Documentation
  9. Environmental Engineering
  10. Environmental Permitting
  11. Failure Analysis
  12. Feasibility Analysis
  13. Final Customer Acceptance
  14. Greenfield
  15. Industrial Engineering
  16. Justification Study
  17. Kaizen / Kanban
  18. Lean Manufacturing
  19. Materials Management
  20. Mechanical Engineering
  21. New Product Launch
  22. Plant Engineering
  23. PPAP / APQP
  24. Process Capability Analysis
  25. Process CostingFree Resume5
  26. Process Engineering
  27. Process Flow Mapping
  28. Process Improvement
  29. Process Standardization
  30. Product Development
  31. Product Reliability
  32. Productivity Improvement
  33. Program Management
  34. Project Management
  35. Prototype Testing
  36. Quality Assurance
  37. Quality Engineering
  38. Quality Improvement
  39. Research & Development (R&D)
  40. Resource Management
  41. RFP / RFQ / RFI
  42. Root Cause Analysis
  43. Statistical Analysis
  44. Systems Integration
  45. Technical Documentation
  46. Total Quality Management
  47. Vendor Management
  48. Vibration and Drop Testing

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