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Nine Most Common Résumé Search Terms

Your mom's advice to be yourself in any anxiety-inducing situation can certainly be applied to your job search, although not all applicants have been remembering the wise words of mom. A recent CareerBuilder survey found that half of hiring managers have caught a lie on a résumé and the fibs include things like embellishing responsibilities and faking academic degrees.

CareerBuilder also polled the managers to find out the words they most commonly search for when filtering résumés. Many use electronic scanners to select résumés that contain the qualifications they're seeking. As long as you're not lying so that you can incorporate some of these search words, try and include them in your updated résumé for a better shot at making it through the scanning process. Here are the most common search terms along with the percentage of hiring managers who mentioned them.

  • problem-solving and decision-making skills (50 percent)
  • oral and written communications (44 percent)
  • customer service or retention (34 percent)
  • performance and productivity improvement (32 percent)

There are five more search terms, find out what they are when you


  • leadership (30 percent)
  • technology (27 percent)
  • team-building (26 percent)
  • project management (20 percent)
  • bilingual (14 percent)


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