Power Resume Search: Why Buzzwords Matter

These days, recruiters don't need to even post for an open position.  If they have certain subscriptions to job sites like Monster or Careerbuilder, all they need to do is type in a few key words, skills, or systems and their ideal candidate pops right up on the screen! 

For example, if I am searching for a Clown with 3-5 years experience, knowledge in balloon animals, kazoo, living in the greater Chicago area, all I need to do is enter that information into certain filters and a list of candidates appears for me to browse at my leisure.  What does this mean?

It means that I have my pick of the litter when it comes to Clowns and I should also require some light magician experience.  It also means that you need to be identifying all buzzwords that will make your resume pop.  You should make sure that you have referenced any software applications that you are proficient in (Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Salesforce, etc).  You should also include industry knowledge that you have (Experience in C# or SQL, proficiency in payroll systems like ADP, or ability to program a DeLorean time machine).  All of these buzzwords will come in handy, so be sure to add them to your resume (without going overboard!) and keep your resume profile current on these job websites.  Help the recruiter find you!