How to incorporate job selection criteria into your resume

When you apply for a job you want to person reading your application to quickly see that you are the right person for the role.

You also need to make sure you get through any document scanning software (ATS; Applicant Tracking Software) so that it actually gets in front of a real person.

To do this you need to weave the key words from the job ad or job key selection criteria into your resume.

This doesn't need to be difficult!

Incorporating key words into your application to ensure you get picked for a job interview can be a very simple thing to do if you follow these steps.

But to do this you need a professional profile and key skills section on the front page of your resume which you can quickly tailor. For information on what sections to include in a modern, Australian resume please see these other blog posts:

How to write a modern, professional resume for the Australian market

How to write a standout professional profile

1. Find the keywords

This probably sounds obvious, but it's a good idea to print out the job ad or position description and then highlight or write down the key words from the selection criteria (often called 'requirements' or 'about you' in a job ad) so that you have them in a list.

An example for a procurement manger role might be:

  • Procurement experience in FMCG

  • Logistics / supply chain category management

  • Commercial / financial acumen

  • Communication, negotiation skills

  • Stakeholder relationship building

  • Team leadership