This keyword list will help you determine the top resume keywords to put on your resume.

What Are Resume Keywords?

Job listings include the hard skills and competencies an applicant needs in order to be a great hire. These abilities become keywords used by recruiters and hiring managers to quickly identify top candidates whether they’re skimming with their eyes or using software to filter applicants based on the resume keywords.

“The first thing I’m looking for is the hard skills that match the job description,” a corporate recruiter told Jobscan.

Recruiters don’t carefully read resumes line by line. They take a cursory glance and only dig deeper if past job titles or resume keywords pique their interest. Having the right keywords is even more critical when technology enters the mix. Most companies (including 98% of Fortune 500) use software known as applicant tracking systems that can scan the content of a resume to make it searchable. Some systems even automatically filter and rank applicants. This means that a highly qualified applicant could slip through the cracks or get wrongly rejected if their resume isn’t optimized with the right keywords.

Top 500 Resume Keywords for 2018

Below is a list of the hard skills and keywords that appear most frequently in Jobscan‘s database of real job descriptions. These are the top resume keywords recruiters and hiring managers are looking for when vetting applicants.

These examples demonstrate the types of keywords to include in your resume. To boost your chances of getting past an applicant tracking system and landing a job interview, be sure to to tailor your resume keywords to the specific job for which you’re applying.

This list of keywords includes variations of the same words and phrases, for example Microsoft Office (124), MS Office (137), and Microsoft Office Suite (324). This isn’t a mistake. The levels of sophistication vary between applicant tracking systems, but most cannot differentiate between synonyms, abbreviations, or similar skills. Rank higher in the applicant tracking system or a recruiter’s search results by matching your resume keywords to exactly what’s in the job description.

    1. design
    2. operations
    3. technical
    4. training
    5. sales
    6. marketing
    7. reporting
    8. compliance
    9. strategy
    10. research
    11. analytical
    12. engineering
    13. policies
    14. budget
    15. finance
    16. project management
    17. health
    18. customer service
    19. documentation
    20. content
    21. presentation
    22. brand
    23. presentations
    24. safety
    25. certification
    26. accounting
    27. regulations
    28. metrics
    29. legal
    30. engagement
    31. database
    32. analytics
    33. distribution
    34. coaching
    35. testing
    36. vendors
    37. consulting
    38. writing
    39. contracts
    40. inventory
    41. retail
    42. healthcare
    43. regulatory
    44. scheduling
    45. construction
    46. logistics
    47. mobile
    48. C (programming language)
    49. correspondence
    50. controls
    51. human resources
    52. specifications
    53. recruitment
    54. procurement
    55. partnership
    56. partnerships
    57. management experience
    58. negotiation
    59. hardware
    60. programming
    61. agile
    62. forecasting
    63. advertising
    64. business development
    65. audit
    66. architecture
    67. supply chain
    68. governance
    69. staffing
    70. continuous improvement
    71. product development
    72. networking
    73. recruiting
    74. product management
    75. CRM
    76. SAP
    77. troubleshooting
    78. computer science
    79. budgeting
    80. electrical
    81. customer experience
    82. I-DEAS
    83. economics
    84. information technology
    85. transportation
    86. social media
    87. automation
    88. lifecycle
    89. filing
    90. modeling
    91. investigation
    92. SQL
    93. editing
    94. purchasing
    95. KPIs
    96. hospital
    97. forecasts
    98. acquisition
    99. expenses
    100. billing
    101. change management
    102. video
    103. invoices
    104. administrative support
    105. payments
    106. lean
    107. process improvement
    108. installation
    109. risk management
    110. transactions
    111. investigations
    112. payroll
    113. R (programming language)
    114. data analysis
    115. statistics
    116. coding
    117. protocols
    118. program management
    119. quality assurance
    120. windows
    121. banking
    122. outreach
    123. sourcing
    124. Microsoft Office
    125. merchandising
    126. business requirements
    127. drawings
    128. Salesforce
    129. documenting
    130. information systems
    131. nursing
    132. business administration
    133. consumers
    134. financial services
    135. legislation
    136. strategic planning
    137. MS Office
    138. counseling
    139. technical support
    140. frameworks
    141. performance management
    142. BI
    143. fashion
    144. HTML
    145. publications
    146. internship
    147. QA
    148. software development
    149. oracle
    150. Java
    151. teaching
    152. pharmaceutical
    153. ERP
    154. fulfillment
    155. positioning
    156. tax
    157. service delivery
    158. investigate
    159. editorial
    160. account management
    161. business process
    162. valid drivers license
    163. electronics
    164. PR
    165. public relations
    166. Javascript
    167. assembly
    168. digital marketing
    169. Linux
    170. Facebook
    171. spreadsheets
    172. recruit
    173. proposal
    174. SharePoint
    175. data entry
    176. hotel
    177. ordering
    178. branding
    179. life cycle
    180. real estate
    181. relationship management
    182. researching
    183. process improvements
    184. chemistry
    185. SaaS
    186. CAD
    187. sales experience
    188. mathematics
    189. customer-facing
    190. audio
    191. project management skills
    192. six sigma
    193. hospitality
    194. mechanical engineering
    195. auditing
    196. employee relations
    197. android
    198. security clearance
    199. licensing
    200. Adobe
    201. fundraising
    202. repairs
    203. ISO
    204. market research
    205. warehouse
    206. business strategy
    207. PMP
    208. data management
    209. quality control
    210. reconciliation
    211. CSS
    212. conversion
    213. business analysis
    214. financial analysis
    215. ecommerce
    216. business intelligence
    217. C++
    218. client service
    219. publishing
    220. supervising
    221. complex projects
    222. key performance indicators
    223. scrum
    224. Photoshop
    225. sports
    226. e-commerce
    227. journalism
    228. D (programming language)
    229. data collection
    230. higher education
    231. marketing programs
    232. financial management
    233. business plans
    234. user experience
    235. client relationships
    236. cloud
    237. analytical skills
    238. Cisco
    239. internal stakeholders
    240. product marketing
    241. regulatory requirements
    242. ITIL
    243. information security
    244. aviation
    245. supply chain management
    246. Python
    247. accounts payable
    248. industry experience
    249. AutoCAD
    250. purchase orders
    1. acquisitions
    2. TV
    3. instrumentation
    4. strategic direction
    5. law enforcement
    6. call center
    7. experiments
    8. technical skills
    9. human resource
    10. business cases
    11. build relationships
    12. invoicing
    13. support services
    14. marketing strategy
    15. operating systems
    16. biology
    17. start-up
    18. electrical engineering
    19. workflows
    20. routing
    21. non-profit
    22. marketing plans
    23. due diligence
    24. business management
    25. iPhone
    26. algorithms
    27. architectures
    28. reconcile
    29. dynamic environment
    30. external partners
    31. asset management
    32. Microsoft Word
    33. EMEA
    34. intranet
    35. SOPs
    36. SAS
    37. digital media
    38. prospecting
    39. financial reporting
    40. project delivery
    41. SEO
    42. operational excellence
    43. standard operating procedures
    44. C#
    45. technical knowledge
    46. on-call
    47. talent management
    48. stakeholder management
    49. tablets
    50. CMS
    51. analyze data
    52. financial statements
    53. Microsoft Office Suite
    54. fitness
    55. case management
    56. value proposition
    57. industry trends
    58. RFP
    59. broadcast
    60. portfolio management
    61. fabrication
    62. UX
    63. financial performance
    64. customer requirements
    65. psychology
    66. marketing materials
    67. resource management
    68. physics
    69. mortgage
    70. development activities
    71. end user
    72. business planning
    73. root cause
    74. analysis
    75. leadership development
    76. relationship building
    77. SDLC
    78. on-boarding
    79. quality standards
    80. regulatory compliance
    81. AWS
    82. KPI
    83. status reports
    84. product line
    85. drafting
    86. JIRA
    87. phone calls
    88. product knowledge
    89. business stakeholders
    90. technical issues
    91. admissions
    92. supervisory experience
    93. usability
    94. pharmacy
    95. commissioning
    96. project plan
    97. MS Excel
    98. FDA
    99. test plans
    100. variances
    101. UI
    102. financing
    103. travel arrangements
    104. internal customers
    105. medical device
    106. counsel
    107. inventory management
    108. performance metrics
    109. lighting
    110. outsourcing
    111. InDesign
    112. performance improvement
    113. management consulting
    114. graphic design
    115. transport
    116. information management
    117. .NET
    118. startup
    119. matrix
    120. front-end
    121. project planning
    122. business systems
    123. accounts receivable
    124. public health
    125. HRIS
    126. German
    127. instructional design
    128. in-store
    129. data center
    130. MATLAB
    131. employee engagement
    132. cost effective
    133. sales management
    134. API
    135. Adobe Creative Suite
    136. Twitter
    137. program development
    138. event planning
    139. cash flow
    140. strategic plans
    141. root cause
    142. vendor management
    143. trade shows
    144. hotels
    145. segmentation
    146. contract management
    147. GIS
    148. talent acquisition
    149. photography
    150. internal communications
    151. client services
    152. IBM
    153. financial reports
    154. product quality
    155. beverage
    156. strong analytical skills
    157. underwriting
    158. CPR
    159. mining
    160. sales goals
    161. chemicals
    162. deposits
    163. scripting
    164. migration
    165. software engineering
    166. MIS
    167. therapeutic
    168. general ledger
    169. Tableau
    170. MS Project
    171. standardization
    172. retention
    173. spelling
    174. media relations
    175. OS
    176. daily operations
    177. immigration
    178. product design
    179. ETL
    180. field sales
    181. driving record
    182. PeopleSoft
    183. benchmark
    184. quality management
    185. APIs
    186. test cases
    187. internal controls
    188. telecom
    189. business issues
    190. research projects
    191. data quality
    192. strategic initiatives
    193. office software
    194. CFA
    195. co-op
    196. big data
    197. journal entries
    198. VMware
    199. help desk
    200. statistical analysis
    201. datasets
    202. alliances
    203. SolidWorks
    204. prototype
    205. LAN
    206. SCI
    207. budget management
    208. Unix
    209. RFPs
    210. Flex
    211. GAAP
    212. experimental
    213. CPG
    214. information system
    215. customer facing
    216. process development
    217. web services
    218. international
    219. travel
    220. revenue growth
    221. software development life cycle
    222. operations management
    223. computer applications
    224. risk assessments
    225. sales operations
    226. raw materials
    227. internal audit
    228. physical security
    229. SQL server
    230. affiliate
    231. computer software
    232. manage projects
    233. business continuity
    234. litigation
    235. IT infrastructure
    236. cost reduction
    237. small business
    238. annual budget
    239. iOS
    240. HTML5
    241. real-time
    242. consulting experience
    243. circuits
    244. machine learning
    245. risk assessment
    246. DNS
    247. cross-functional team
    248. public policy
    249. analyzing data
    250. consulting services

Scan your resume with Jobscan to determine your top resume keywords.

BONUS: Top 50 Soft Skills for Executive Job Seekers

Many of the hard skills above are also found on executive job descriptions, such as operations, business development, finance, and strategy. At the executive level, a greater emphasis is placed on the soft skills that are developed and proven over the course of a career. Below are the top soft skills found in current C-suite job descriptions.

These soft skills are harder to define and can be difficult to use on a resume. Executives should sprinkle some of these top soft skills into their resume where applicable, but might use them to greater effect when writing their LinkedIn profile. On a resume, it’s more important to provide measurable results and experience that illustrates these highly coveted skills.

For example, you don’t necessarily need to match the job description by including the term entrepreneurial (7) on your resume, but you should absolutely highlight any work you’ve done with startups. Alternatively, include details of a pet project you nurtured, a department you grew, or relevant training you completed.

 

  1. Leadership
  2. Vision
  3. Track Record
  4. Collaborate
  5. Communication Skills
  6. Competitive
  7. Entrepreneurial
  8. Integrity
  9. Hands-on
  10. Innovation
  11. Consistent
  12. Driven
  13. Flexible
  14. Impact
  15. Collaboration
  16. Collaborative
  17. Judgment
  18. Passion
  19. Accountable
  20. Dedicated
  21. Influence
  22. Work Ethic
  23. Creative
  24. Energetic
  25. Enthusiastic
  1. Interpersonal Skills
  2. Passionate
  3. Professionalism
  4. Proven Track Record
  5. Motivate
  6. Proactive
  7. Excellent Communication
  8. Mentoring
  9. Organized
  10. Problem-solving
  11. Strategic Thinking
  12. Collaboratively
  13. Communicate Effectively
  14. Fast-paced
  15. Attention To Detail
  16. Business Acumen
  17. Cost-effective
  18. Enthusiasm
  19. Entrepreneurial Spirit
  20. Financial Planning
  21. Follow Through
  22. Leadership Experience
  23. Motivated
  24. Multitask
  25. Provide Guidance
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