When a company posts a job ad, they include specific words and phrases that describe the qualifications sought for the role they’re looking to fill.
These could be industry-specific terms, they may be hard skills required for the job, or they may be soft skills desired for the role. For example, if you’re applying for a job as an accountant, some keywords might be “financial analysis,” “budgeting,” or “ QuickBooks.”
Job listings often include soft skills that are sought—such as “attention to detail” or “ability to work independently.”
Be sure to include these same phrases on your resume, writing examples to show how you have used these skills. While these soft skills may or may not be used as ATS keywords, once your resume is pulled from the ATS for the hiring manager, they will help show that you have the qualities they’re looking for in a candidate.
Other keywords to use might be the names of education degrees, such as a bachelor’s degree or other certifications or credentials.