What keywords should you have in your CV?

That is a hard question as every ad has different keywords. in this article we will examine one real ad and learn to analyse what keywords we need to integrate into our CV / resume in order for the automatic scan software (robots) to choose our CV as matching for the position offered in the ad

Here is a simple guidelines, keywords are all the technical words which the average recruiter would not understand and would just copy as is from the job description he received from the company which offer the position. Don’t forget the job title, it is always a keyword in it must be included in your CV as well.

Read the ad below and write down what you think will be the keywords


Java Developer – Web Solutions

  • Melbourne CBD Location
  • Permanent role – Leading Online System

About our Client

Our client is a market leader in e-commerce systems; they are looking for Java developer with web development experience.

Job Description

They are currently embarking on several exciting new projects and are currently looking for a Java / J2EE developer. This will be a career enhancing opportunity for Java / J2EE developers with several years of commercial experience. Technologies used will include JBoss, Tomcat, J2EE, Java.

The Successful Applicant

Ideally you would have the following skills and experience:

  • 3-5 years Java / J2EE commercial development experience
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of JDBC & SQL
  • Experience with Servlet, JSP, JSTL, Struts and/or Spring
  • Strong understanding of XML technologies
  • Strong analytical and problem solving ability
  • Great communication, interpersonal and stakeholder management skills
  • Desire to deliver quality projects in a corporate environment

In addition, it will be highly regarded if you have the following skills:

  • Experience with JBPM
  • Commercial experience with payment technologies
  • Software development experience on a Linux/UNIX platform
  • Understanding of JavaScript/AJAX using JQuery or similar technologies

What’s on Offer

  • Relaxed team based culture
  • CBD Location
  • Online transactions

Which key word did you select?

First you must have known the job title “Java Developer”.

Next are all the technical requirements “JBoss”, “Tomcat” J2EE” “Servlet” , “JSP”, “JSTL, “Struts” “Spring” “JDBC”, “SQL” etc…

What if I don’t have any experience with one of the keywords?

In your skill part of your CV add one live “Familiar with ….. ” and enter all of those keywords you don’t have experience with. It will get you through the robots and once the recruiter call you, worry about it. Remember if you managed to get the phone call, you are already 1 out of 10 people, much better than 1 out of hundreds!

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