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Resume Building with O*NET® Information

Why are Resumes Important?

Job seekers introduce themselves to potential employers through resumes, showcasing their accomplishments and skills to potential employers and highlighting why they are a good fit to the advertised position.


  • Represent a tool that features a job seeker’s qualifications and background experience.
  • Show a job seeker’s understanding of the working world and the importance of demonstrating qualifications.
  • Illustrate that a job seeker cares about getting a job and is serious about his or her job search.

How Can Job Seekers use O*NET Information to Build Resumes?

  • O*NET OnLine, My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and Mi Próximo Paso (for Spanish-speaking job seekers) highlight occupational knowledges, skills, and abilities (KSAs). Search on occupations to list top KSAs and transferable skills on resumes. O*NET OnLine allows for summary, detailed, and customized reports to aid in the identification of KSAs to list within a resume.
  • Use occupational description and task language found in O*NET OnLine to highlight key qualifications and accomplishments in a resume.
  • The O*NET Tools and Technology (T2) search provides an excellent database of machines, equipment, and software used in specific occupations. Use T2s as keywords/buzzwords in a resume to capture an employer’s attention.
  • Use Advanced Searches to browse by O*NET data (e.g., abilities, interests, knowledges, skills), to perform a skills search, or to enter a specific tool or technology to find high demand occupations.
  • Use My Next Move, My Next Move for Veterans, and Mi Próximo Paso to search for jobs at the state or national level. All three provide listings from major job banks.
  • Use Crosswalk Searches to match codes and titles from other classifications to related O*NET-SOC occupations. Use these searches to translate military skills into skills used in civilian jobs.

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