Using effective industry-specific keywords in your resume

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As committed in an earlier bog-post about sharing examples of keywords, which can help you in your resumes, specifically keywords, which vary from one industry to another. So, here I am, keeping up that commitment, helping you in your journey to find that dream job, you have been waiting for.

Many large companies have a scanner system, which scans the resumes for specific keywords, before the shortlisting. Using this technique, they are able to run through a large number of resumes in minimal time. Therefore, it is advisable to use these specific keywords in your resume to help it sail through these scanners. Let us now see these keywords industry and function-wise.


Administrative Support, Back office operations, Record Management, Executive support, Productivity and Performance Management, Project planning, Process Improvement, Staff training & Development, Vendor Communication and Workflow foreign exchange Prioritization


Asset Management, Analysis, Portfolio, Foreign Exchange, Commercial Banking, Investment Management, Consumer Credit, Credit Analysis, Global Banking, Loan Processing, Return-on-Investment, Risk Management, Lending, Credit Administration and Branch Operations

Customer Service:

Customer Relationship Management, Customer Communication, Customer Retention, Key Account Management, Process Simplification, Service Benchmarks, Service Delivery, Strategic Business Planning, Vendor Sourcing, Service Level Agreement (SLA) and Contract Compliance


Computer Aided Engineering, Cross-functional Team, Experimental Design, Facilities Engineering, Field Performance, Methods Design, Process Development, Product Development Cycle, Product Manufacturability, Product Innovation, Project Planning, Quality Assurance, Research and Development, Quality Assurance, Scale-up, Turnkey, Work Methods Analysis, Production Cost and Production Scheduling

Finance and Accounting:

Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Annual Budget, Asset Management, Audit

Control, Business Plan, Capital Budgets, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), Cost Accounting, Cost / Benefit Analysis, Credit and Collections, Debt Financing, E-Trade, EBIT / EBITDA, Financial Planning and Analysis, foreign exchange, International Financing, Investment Management, Investor Relations, Operating budgets, P&L Analysis, Revenue Gain, Risk Management, Shareholder Relations, Stock Purchase, Taxation Compliance, Treasury and Variance analysis


Amenities, Back-of-the-house Operations, Budgeting, Catering Operations, Club Management, Food and Beverage Operations, Front Desk Operations, Guest Relations, Guest Retention, Guest Services, Hospitality Management, Inventory Planning and Control, Member Development, Menu Pricing, Occupancy, Property Development, Program Management, Purchasing, Regulatory Compliance, Reservations, Resort Management, Signature Property, Vendor Sourcing and VIP Relations

Human Resources:

Career Pathing, Compensation and Benefits Administration, Change Management, Claims Administration, Competency-based Performance, Employee Empowerment,

Employee Relations, Equal Employment Opportunity, Grievance Proceedings, Incentive Planning, Labor Arbitration, Labor Contract Negotiations, Multimedia Training, Organizational Development, Organizational Needs Assessment, Performance based Incentives, Professional Recruitment, Promotion, Succession Planning, Train-The-Trainer, Training & Development, Union Relations and Workforce Re-engineering

Information Technology (IT):

Application Development, Application Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Business support systems (BSS), Cellular Communications, Cloud Computing, Data Centre

Operations, Data Communication, Database Design, Database Server, Desktop Technology, Disaster Recovery, Document Imaging, e-Learning, Electronic Data Interchange, Emerging Technologies, End User Support, Enterprise Systems, Firewall, Hardware Engineering, Local Area Network, Management Information Systems, Multi-user interface, Network Administration, Operating System, Pilot Implementation, Programming / Coding, Project Life-cycle Management, Project Management, Remote System Access, SAS/SPSS, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), System Acquisition, System Configuration, Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Web Administration

Law and Corporate Legal Affairs:

Acquisition, Adjudication, Administrative Law, Affidavit, Anti-trust, Case Law, Copyright Law, Crisis management, Depositions, Due Diligence, Intellectual Property, Joint Venture, Judicial Affairs, Juris Doctor, Landmark Decision, Legal Advocacy, Legal Research, Legislative Review, Licensing, Limited Partnership, Mediation, Memorandum, Mergers, Motions, Negotiations, Patent Law, Settlement Negotiations, Trial Law, Unfair Compensation and Witness Protection 

Manufacturing and Operations Management:

Cell manufacturing, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Cost Avoidance, Cycle Time Reduction, Distribution Management, Efficiency Improvement, Environmental Health

and Safety, Equipment Management, Facilities Consolidation, Inventory Control, Inventory Planning, Labor Efficiency, Lean / Agile Manufacturing, Logistics Management, Material Planning, Multi-site Operations, Occupational Health and Safety, Operations Start Up, Order Fulfillment, Performance Improvement, Process Automation, Product Development, Production Lead Time, Productivity Improvement, Regulatory Compliance, Value-Added Processes, Warehouse Operations, Workflow Optimization and Yield improvement.


Buyer Awareness, Credit Operations, Customer Life-Cycle Management, Customer Loyalty, Customer Needs Assessment, Distribution Management, In-Store Promotions, Inventory Control, Loss Prevention, Merchandising, Preferred Customer Management, Pricing, Retail Sales and Security Operations

Sales and marketing:

Account Management, Brand Management, Campaign Management, Competitive Analysis, Consultative Sales, Customer Loyalty, Customer Market Share (CMS), Customer Needs Assessment, Customer Retention, Direct Response Marketing, Direct Sales, Distributor Management, Incentive Planning, Key Account Management, Margin Improvement, Market Launch, Market Positioning, Market Share, New Market Development, Product Launch, P&L Management, Profit Growth, Promotions, Revenue Market Share (RMS), Sales Forecasting and Solutions Selling

Training, Teaching and Education:

Classroom Management, Course Design, Curriculum Development, Design Document,

Education Administration, Field Instruction, Holistic Learning, Instructional Design, Peer

Counseling, Program Development, Recruitment, Scholastic Standards, Return on Training Investment, Student Services, Training and Development and Training Need Analysis

Phew! That is a huge list to pick and choose from. Though, you must be cautious which ones of these will fit the requirement, when you are applying for a job. You must always try to use the keywords, which relate to your previous experience as well as fit in, with the job description of the role, that you are applying for.

A word of caution. Though the keywords are good for getting the call for a job, you should still be wary that you do not use them excessively. That also shows the employer that you are stuffing keywords in the resume, which might work, in some cases, against your candidature.

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