Keywords to Look for on Every Manufacturing Resume
Resume keywords can be a tricky thing, since there’s no definitive list for what is “good” and what is “bad.”
However, hiring managers at manufacturing facilities would do well to have a list of essential keywords that a resume needs to have, in order to be considered.
Which Keywords Have Value?
Keywords have value if they identify skills and qualifications. This means that the best keywords are nouns, like job titles, names of software tools, certifications and academic degrees.
To figure out which keywords you should look for as a hiring manager, start by reviewing the job description for the open position. The nouns and noun phrases located there should make your keyword list. For instance, if the job requires “a license to operate a forklift,” that is a must-have for any candidate resume you should consider.
You should also be looking at mission statements, social media posts and other materials that speak to your company’s culture. This can help you identify keywords designed to pick out individuals who are most likely to be a good cultural fit.
Another great source of keywords are professional or trade organizations. These can be organizations for particular jobs, like an electrician’s union, or they can be for you industry, like a trade union for the dairy foods industry. The newsletters of these organizations can be a good source of keywords.
Finally, you should be talking with your staff about the “lingo” typically used by professionals working in these positions. Every job has shorthand that workers use informally, and an applicant who used this shorthand in their resume shows they have a grasp on the job and the working environment.
Considering Action Verbs
After nouns and noun phrases, verbs can reveal some information about an applicant skills and experiences. Action verbs can give an applicant’s credentials a sense of expertise and power. Verbs can show what actions an applicant has taken in past jobs.
Many people use action verbs like ‘managed,’ responsible for’ or ‘handled’ to describe what they did at a job, but you probably want someone who doesn’t used standard words. Someone who uses unique but appropriate verbs shows attention to detail and a desire to stand out above the rest of the pack.
For instance, if someone led a project, verbs like ‘chaired,’ ‘coordinated’ and ‘executed’ have much more punch than a phase like, ‘was in charge of.’
Specific Keywords for Manufacturing
If you’re still stumped on which keyword to focus on for a manufacturing resume, here are a few Department of Labor standards:
Computer-integrated manufacturing, cost avoidance, cycle time reduction, distribution management, environmental health and safety, facilities consolidation, inventory control, inventory planning, just-in-time, logistics management, master schedule, materials planning, multi-site operations, occupational health and safety, order fulfillment, order processing performance improvement, pilot manufacturing, process automation, product development, production lead time, productivity improvement, regulatory compliance, value-added processes, warehouse operations, workflow optimization and yield improvement.