Updated: Jan 6, 2020
Nowadays with loaded databases, your resume can easily be filtered out. So it is key to use keywords! These words will let your employer know what qualifications and skills you have to offer. So to get into the interview list it is vital to include keywords that match the job description. This is why it is important to tailor your resume for each specific job you apply to. Many times software, databases and job boards are used due to the massive amount of resumes that companies receive daily, so you need to make sure your resume will show up in the search engine with the right mix of job-specific keywords.
Keywords should be nouns
7-10 is optimal
Should be mostly hard skills or industry-specific terms
A neat trick is to look up similar job titles of your interest and make a list of the most recurring words and then add them to your CV for the relevant job. The point of adding these words is not only to highlight your skills and qualifications but to make sure you stay competitive with today's technology.
What else can you do to make sure your resume makes it past the 10 second skim?
Break up the information to make it easy to read and navigate by:
Dividing sections clearly with borders and bold headings
Use one-line bullet points to explain your responsibilities/achievements
Use a simple and clean font consistently
Keep it under 2 pages - cut down the irrelevant information
Make sure the job requirements are prominently displayed