Common, But Unspoken, Resume Keyword Problems

 

Everyone wants the magic set of keywords.

Jim was no different. A successful Director of Marketing who has had a rough 7 months of job searching, despite a 21-year track record of impressive wins at equally impressive companies.

"I think I don't have the right keywords," he told me.

"Well, what job are you looking to do, Jim?" I asked.

"That's just it. I don't want to do marketing for medical device companies any longer. Instead, I want to shift gears and work in strategic consulting. But when I send my resume, I'm not getting any hits. I think it's the keywords."

My response: "You might be right... Your resume is written for marketing roles, since you had marketing roles, so prospective employers that receive your resume probably think you want a marketing role, despite sending it for a strategy role. You see the problem?"

Jim: "Wow... Yeah... So keywords won't work for me?"

Me: "You can't be dependent on keyword strategies when doing a career change. When you are doing a career change, the keyword strategy is flawed and ineffective. How? You don't have the needed keywords inherently in your background (company names, titles, achievements) for the new job target. You do, however, have keywords inherently in your background for what you used to do. Hence the struggle."

Jim: "So what can I do?"

What Jim, and other job seekers like Jim doing a career or industry change, is connect the dots for the resume reader on their resume.

Show transferable skills instead of bloating a resume with irrelevant-to-your-background-keywords.

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See you there!

Lisa

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