How to Find Job Examples Online
Whether your resume is read by a human being or processed electronically, keywords project the value and expertise that you bring to the table -- whether you're a CEO or a truck driver.
being said, how do we know which keywords to use? It's simple: We look at the keywords employers use in their job postings
and job descriptions.
find job descriptions, the best approach is to use a job search site like Indeed.com, where you can search for
jobs using various keyword combinations: job titles, job functions,
industries, technologies, locations, and so on.
Skills: Budgeting, troubleshooting, managing, planning
- Transferable Skills: Organization, leadership,
Terms: IT, IS, QA, QC, quality
assurance, quality control
- Certifications: MSCE, CPA
- Acronyms: ROI, OEM, IPO, COO, SEO
- Degrees: BA, MBA, M.B.A., Master of Bachelor of Arts, BS, Bachelor
- Names of Companies: Nike, Xerox, 3M,
- Descriptive Terms: Fortune 500
Job Search Sites
Go to www.indeed.com and search for
"ideal" jobs. Select the best 2-3 jobs
those that are a good match for you (with the exception
of location). Transfer your choices to me via the "send
to friend" option and don't forget to include your
name in the note. If you don't find any "great"
matches, try another search with a different keyword combination.
The Benefits of
Job Target Research
your job target
not only plays an important role in ensuring that your
resume is "keyword optimized" but the process
itself teaches you how to use an online job search agent.
Search agents and job hunters can
be a great way to
How to Find
Specialty Job Sites
to Google, do a search using
the terms "resumes" or "jobs"
and the field or geography
you're interested in:
Keywords to Find Jobs
job, career field, and industry has its own unique set of dynamic keywords.
The examples below demonstrate how a job seeker
might use keywords to search for job examples.
Searching for a job that is similar to your current job?
your current job title or other variations.
Example: A sales representative looking for a similar job
/ same industry might search for job titles, job functions,
or terms such as account representative, sales
executive, new business development, solution selling, field sales,
Making a Career Transition?
job titles or job functions that reflect your ideal job.
Example: A sales rep who wants to change industries might
do a search using job titles and "desired" industries: sales, pharmaceutical, medical, hospital sales.
Moving up the Ladder?
for job titles or job functions that reflect the direction you want to take.
Example: A sales rep who's ready to move into management might
search for job titles such as sales management, account executive,
sales manager, regional trainer -- or job functions such as regional
sales, sales leadership, strategic planning, B2B.
consider using other keywords and search terms:
of job titles For example, instead of "sales
manager" search for "sales management" or
- Unique skills required to do a specific job
- Technologies / industries you're interested in
certifications, special credentials
you'll get more job matches if you use just 2 or 3 keywords.
To fine-tune your search, use more specific keywords, as this
will yield fewer (but more accurate and relevant) matches.
2-3 examples of jobs that are close to ideal for you (except
your choices to me most sites have the "send
to a friend" option or cut and paste the entire
job descriptions into email or print them out and
fax to 503-213-6022.
you don't find any "good" matches, try another
search with a different combination of keywords. Contact me if you need further clarification.
IMPORTANT: It's critically important that you forward the best examples
you can find regardless of location because the
job examples you provide will be used to determine
your resume's structure and "keyword" strategy.
Ways to Research Your Job Target
can also use other methods to research your job target:
Occupational Outlook Handbook provides detailed ("generalized")
job descriptions, working conditions, and long-term outlooks
for thousands of jobs. While the jobs listed in OOH are
not "live" they can provide helpful information
if you're just starting out or in the process of researching
potential jobs or making a career transition. Click
here for the online version of the Occupational Outlook
jobs posted on the Net typically provide more detail (which
usually means more keywords), you can also use Help Wanted
ads from any newspaper. If you are faxing small ads to me,
please enlarge them or send them via the "fine"
the Mother of Good Luck.
Your resume – and any additional information you provide on paper or through consultation –
is considered confidential and private. Names, addresses, and e-mails of clients
and prospective clients are "private" and not sold or traded.
Pat Kendall, NCRW