Keywords and Skills

Many companies use recruiting management software to screen candidates for job openings. Instead of a person reviewing your resume, the software screens resumes based on the terms included in the resume. Resume keywords are the words that hiring managers and management software search for when going through their database of resumes.

In order to be found, your resume needs to contain keywords that directly target the jobs you are interested in. The keywords in your resume should reference specific job requirements, as well as your hard skills and adaptive/transferable skills. Use the information below to help you brainstorm and build keywords into your resume.

Adaptive Skills

Adaptive skills define you as a person and describe your value to the company. Here are a few examples of adaptive skills: 

Able to coordinateEnergeticMatureResponsible
AmbitiousExpressiveMentor othersResults oriented
AssertiveFriendlyMethodicalSelf-confident
CapableHelpfulMotivatedSense of humor
CheerfulImaginativeMultitaskingTactful
CompetentIndependentOpen-mindedTake pride in work
ConscientiousIndustriousOptimisticTenacious
CreativeIntegritousOriginalThrifty
Decision makingIntelligentPatientTrustworthy
DependableIntuitiveProblem solverVersatile
EagerLearn QuicklyReliableWell-organized
EfficientLoyalResourceful

 

Transferable Skills

Transferable Skills – skills that you have obtained through a variety of activities that you have participated in – jobs, classes, clubs, hobbies, parenting, sports, projects, volunteerism, almost any experience can contribute to transferable skills. Here are some examples of transferable skills:

 Communication & People Skills

AddressCondenseDocumentIllustrateNegotiateRecruitSpeak
AdvertiseConferDraftInfluenceOutlineReinforceSpecify
ArbitrateConvinceEditInteractPerformRelateSuggest
ArrangeConveyElicitInterviewPersuadeRelaySummarize
ArticulateCorrespondEnlistJudgePlanReportSurvey
AuthorDebateEntertainLecturePresentRespondTranslate
CollaborateDemonstrateExplainMediateProofreadReviewWrite
CommunicateDirectExpressModerateReadReviseVerify
ComposeDiscussFurnishMotivateReconcileSolicitTranscribe
CompileDeliberateFormat ModelRewriteScreenTranverse

Creating & Generating

ActConserveDraftExpandLaunchReconstructSynthesize
ActivateConstructDrawGenerateModifyRedesignTransform
CompleteCreateEngineerInaugurateMoldRemodelUnite
ComposeDiscoverExecuteLandscapeProduceShapeUtilize

Development

AdjustCustomizeEnglargeInnovateFunctionOperateRepair
AssembleDevelopFormatInstallMakeProposeRestore
BuildDesignImplementInventManufactureRefinishUpdate
ComposeDeviseImproveFixNavigateRenovateUpgrade

Healthcare & Helping Skills

AdaptAssistCooperateEnsureInsureProvideSupply
AdvocateCareCounselExpediteInterveneReferSympathize
AidClarifyDemonstrateFacilitateListenRehabilitateTreat
AnswerChargeDiagnoseFamiliarizeMonitorRepresentVolunteer
ArrangeCoachEducateFurtherMotivateSecure 
AssessCollaborateEmpathizeGuideNurseSimplify 
AssignContributeEncourageHelpPreventSupport 

Interpersonal Relations

AcclimateCareConverseFosterInterveneRecommendTreat
AccommodateCoachCritiqueFulfillJoinRehabilitateUnderstand
AdaptCollaborateDecideGainListenRepresent 
AntitipcateConferDevelopHandleLitigateResolve 
AssistConfrontEncourageImplementModelRespond 
AssureConsultFamiliarizeInformParticipateShare 
BargainContributeFormInteractProvideSuggest 

Leadership Skills/Management

AccelerateChairEnforceImproviseNavigateRecommendStart
AccomplishCommendEnhanceIncorporateOfficiateReferStreamline
AchieveCompromiseEntrustIncreaseOrderRegulateStrengthen
ActConsiderEstablishInitiateOrganizeReorganizeSupervise
AdministerConsolidateExecuteInspectOverhaulReplaceTerminate
AllocateContactExpediteInstituteOverseeRestoreTrain
AppointControlGenerateJudgePlanReview 
ApproveCoordinateGovernLeadPrescreenRun 
AssignDecideHandleMaintainPresideSchedule 
AssessDelegateHeadManagePrioritizeSecure 
AttainDirectHireMonitorProduceSelect 
BenchmarkEliminateImproveMotivateProhibitSet-up 

Numeric Skills

AbstractAuditDecreaseFileInventoryMultiplyRecord
AccountBudgetDetermineFinanceInvestProcessReduce
AddCalculateDivideFormulateMarketProjectSolve
AnalyzeCollectEnter dataIncreaseMaximizePurchase 
AppraiseComputeEstimateInsureMinimizeQuantify 

Organization

ApproveConnectFileMonitorProcessReviewSystematize
AppriaseCoordinateGenerateObtainProvideReviewTabulate
ApplyCoorespondGroupOperatePurchaseRouteUpdate
ArrangeDefineImplementOrchestrateQualifyScheduleValidate
BalanceDispatchIncoporateOrderRecordSetVerify
CatalogDistributeInspectOrganizeRegisterScreen 
CategorizeEditIssueOverhaulReorganizeSort 
ClassifyEstablishLogPlaceReserveSpecify 
CollectExecuteMaintainPrepareRespondSubmit 
CompileFacilitateModifyProgramRetrieveSupply 

 Physical Skills

AccuracyCoordinationFlexibilityKeen hearingSpeed  
AgilityDexterityHand-eye coordination Physical fitnessStamina  
BalanceEnduranceKeen eyesightPowerStrength