Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Friday, May 20, 2016
No. I know that doesn’t leave any room for the nuances of a specific job, applicant, or recruiter, but in general, no. A resume is a snapshot of all of your relevant experience and most, if not all, recruiters are very good at perusing a resume and being able to pick out and find what they are looking for. In addition, your resume shouldn’t be difficult to navigate and read, and if it is, it’s time for an overhaul. There will come a time when it is appropriate to highlight very specific keywords and experiences that exist on your resume, for example – during an interview or phone call, but not on your resume. Lastly, your cover letter is another place where you can draw attention to specific strengths listed on your resume, allowing you to elaborate on them and put them in context, but again, your resume should be clean looking and professional with no bolded keywords.