On the hunt for a new job? You're not alone.
There are thousands of job seekers all across Australia at the moment vying for a new position. So, to stand out from the sea of applicants, it can't hurt to give your resume a bit of a polish.
Research by SEEK shows that 'buzzwords' or 'keywords' are a great way to spruce up your resume. Plus, many companies and recruiters now use an applicant tracking system to scan resumes, with keywords related to the job front of mind.
But what's important when including buzzwords is that it shouldn't just be about dumping a word into your resume and letting it float on its own. Instead, it's about using buzzwords as a springboard – a way to show what you can bring to the table, as well as implementing the language used in the job description.
Think using active sentences, backing up keywords with solid examples and applying phrases that speak to your work ethic and skill-set – both hard skills and soft skills.
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Still unsure what skills to highlight in your resume? We've got you covered!
We spoke to five women who are in the business of recruitment and those who have management experience to share with Mamamia the 'buzzwords' employers want to see.
Here's what they had to say.
Eliza Kirkby is the Regional Director of Hays, a specialist recruitment agency.
She says that while every job requires a high degree of technical skills relevant to the duties of the role, there are also a range of soft skills that employers universally require in almost every job in every industry.
And at the top of the list of soft skills employers want is teamwork.
"With effective teamwork, teams are more productive, deadlines are met, staff relationships grow stronger and corporate knowledge is shared," she said. "You can demonstrate your teamwork skills by keeping your team's objectives in mind, understanding your own individual responsibilities as well as the responsibilities of all team members, being supportive and positive, communicating regularly and actively listening to others."
"Strong communication skills allow you to understand others and be understood yourself – that's to ensure a successful outcome for all relevant stakeholders," Eliza said to Mamamia.