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Asked by Tanya on April 6, 2018

How often do employers rely on keyword searches when looking at resumes? Should I pad my resume with key words at the top?

Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on April 9, 2018

Hi there - you are smart to think about what your resume is saying to a potential future employer.  Of course keyword searches are one of the things a savvy recruiter is going to use when sourcing talented individuals to fill their job openings.  Use the job description as a road map in determining how best to create a resume that is suited to the opening you want to be noticed for. 

There are lots of sourcing methods recruiters use, so give some thought to where a recruiter would find you.

Your resume is:

In their company database if you've applied for a job
On LinkedIn
On a personal blog
Posted through your college's career site
Where else?

You don't need to just load up the resume with keywords at the top.  The accurate words that describe your work should be part of the narrative you are creating for yourself, in the descriptions of the work you do, or part of an objective statement if you're so inclined. 

If you are not getting the attention you want, you will know it is time to rethink what you've included.  It is likely something you will continue to grow and rework throughout your career.

Best of luck!

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