When it comes to advancing your candidacy for a specific job, words are key-words in your resume, words in your cover letter, and words in your job interview.

With so many companies now using computer software to screen candidates’ resumes and cover letters for key words, it is essential that you use them if you want to advance in your job hunt. Without using keywords, your candidacy is unlikely to advance, no matter how great a candidate you are.

When you review a job ad or description, pull out the keywords and use them in your resume and cover letter. If the ad says “problem solver,” use it! If the ad says “manages client relationship,” use that, too!

Your best bet is to carefully copy down and use the keywords in a job description, but here are 10 key words that can commonly be found in most job ads. You can’t go wrong using these:

  1. Interpersonal skills
  2. Organizational skills
  3. Management skills
  4. Leadership
  5. Communication
  6. Planning
  7. Initiative
  8. Self-motivated
  9. Team-building
  10. Client-focused

Using keywords also will help you in your job interview. You will be familiar with the keywords and phrases they are interested in and will be able to recall them quickly and use them in your interview, and likely impress your interviewer.