Do Firms Actually Care About Descriptive Keywords on a Resume? | JobSearchTV.com

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Words like “managed” or “assessed” or “oversaw.” Do these matter to them?

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The question is, “Do firms actually care about descriptive keywords on a resume?”  You know, words like “managed,” or “assessed,” or “oversaw?”  Words like that.  Descriptive keywords.

“I listen to this question.  My first reaction is, “What planet are you on?  Of course it matters to them.”

And you haven’t managed before, this is not a descriptive keyword.  What it is is a function that you need to demonstrate experience having done.  It is bizarre to me that people actually think that this is a keyword and that it doesn’t represent a function, a task that you, as an employee, need to have experience performing in order to be qualified for role.

So, cut the crap.  I give you no BS jobs search and you are thinking that these are just “suggestions,” that if you do whatever you want someone is going to hire you… That may be true but you will stroke a lot of relationships with a lot of people who will ask themselves, “What is wrong with this person???  We are very clear about what we are looking for and this person is a Purdue chicken plucker!”  You may laugh, but I’ve gotten those resumes for software engineering positions where they have no computer science background and what their experience is plucking feathers from chickens… And they think they are qualified.  No!  They want to do the job but they are not qualified.

I understand that you want to do the job and thus are demeaning the language that is in the job description and calling it a “descriptive keyword.”  What it is is a function that you need to have experience with in order to be considered and qualified for the role.

When they use the word, “requirements” or “qualifications” over a specific section of the job description, that is no joke!  You need to have that experience.  Otherwise, you are a spammer! Got it?  You are a spammer!

Don’t screw around with this stuff.  If you want to be considered for a particular job, have the experience that they are looking for.  Otherwise, all you are doing is wasting time.

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The question is, "Do firms actually care about descriptive keywords on a resume?" You know, words like "managed," or "assessed," or "oversaw?" Words like that. Descriptive keywords.

"I listen to this question. My first reaction is, "What planet are you on? Of course it matters to them."

And you haven't managed before, this is not a descriptive keyword. What it is is a function that you need to demonstrate experience having done. It is bizarre to me that people actually think that this is a keyword and that it doesn't represent a function, a task that you, as an employee, need to have experience performing in order to be qualified for role.

So, cut the crap. I give you no BS jobs search and you are thinking that these are just "suggestions," that if you do whatever you want someone is going to hire you… That may be true but you will stroke a lot of relationships with a lot of people who will ask themselves, "What is wrong with this person??? We are very clear about what we are looking for and this person is a Purdue chicken plucker!" You may laugh, but I've gotten those resumes for software engineering positions where they have no computer science background and what their experience is plucking feathers from chickens… And they think they are qualified. No! They want to do the job but they are not qualified.

I understand that you want to do the job and thus are demeaning the language that is in the job description and calling it a "descriptive keyword." What it is is a function that you need to have experience with in order to be considered and qualified for the role.

When they use the word, "requirements" or "qualifications" over a specific section of the job description, that is no joke! You need to have that experience. Otherwise, you are a spammer! Got it? You are a spammer!

Don't screw around with this stuff. If you want to be considered for a particular job, have the experience that they are looking for. Otherwise, all you are doing is wasting time.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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