• Sophee Payne

Quick Job Searching Tip: Use their Own Language to Describe You

Updated: Jun 10

For the resume and cover letter…

Use the language in the job posting to describe your own experience and skills.

You want to make sure you share the same stripes with your potential employer. This is one of the most overlooked but important things to do. One way to do this is to put the job description and your resume through an online word cloud generator. Compare the resume and cloud generator to determine if you are meeting the most frequently used keywords in your resume. This is a quick way to see if you’re giving enough attention to the things that matter most to the employer.

The effect of this simple extra step is huge. It makes your resume easily skimmable, understandable, and connects you to the position in the hiring manager's mind very quickly. Once you identify the keywords in the job posting or offer, repeat these keywords throughout your resume. The most important of the keywords will be those related to skills. Hiring managers are looking for these when they first scan your resume.

As you develop your job hunting skills, remember this is foundational to whatever you choose to apply to.

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