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Revising my LinkedIn Profile - Keywords... Where do I find them?


Robert Buck Jacksonville, FL

Hello all,

I just read the article below by Richard Nolan.

He mentioned finding “keywords that are relevant to your field of work.” I’m familiar with the term and concept of keywords. However, the specfics are hard to find. Is there a resource for specific career fields? I.e., perhaps the Systems Engineering world?

8 February 2021 7 replies Military to Civilian Transition



Philip Hicks Stafford, VA

Another idea is to search out the roles you want. Find the job descriptions and then find the keywords within those job descriptions.

As an example, you can go to and paste the job description text (look under "File" for "Paste/Type text" to develop a word list (see "Word List") which will identify the number of times a word is used. You'll need to sift through the words which are not skills and abilities which shouldn't take too long, and you'll have your keyword list for a resume and/or LinkedIn profile.

There are many other free word count systems online for free which will provide keywords for use.

10 February 2021 Helpful answer


Treva Spencer Florham Park, NJ

Good Morning Robert,

Keywords are those that make your profile stand out on the LI platform. Those very same keywords will be picked up in talent searches by those hiring. I suggest you review job ads that speaks to you and your passion and revise your profile. The substitution of keywords for what we call "standard words" is all about creativity in what you have to offer.

Good luck and may you "pop-up" in many LI searches.


16 February 2021 Helpful answer


Rob Gasperetti Locust Valley, NY

Good morning Major,

The best place to find keywords is in the job posting itself.

10 February 2021 Helpful answer


Joe Engle Indianapolis, IN

Hello Robert. Keywords are words that someone in human resources, or a hiring manager, or a 'robot' program, will look for when scanning your resume or LinkedIn profile. The actual keywords vary, depending on the industry and the job of interest.

I am not a pilot, but examples of pilot related keywords might be "14 CFR 135 Operations", "FAA Regulations", "flight operations", "experimental flight test", etc.

If you see a job description, that you are interested in, the description will usually have keywords that are of interest to the hiring party. That would be another useful source of relevant keywords.

Good Luck,

8 February 2021 Helpful answer


ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Robert,

Thank you so much for your question.

I would recommend taking a look at our "Community" tab and then click on the "Advisors" section. From there, you can filter by "Engineering". You can directly message advisors with engineering backgrounds to learn more about what would be strong keywords to use for systems engineering.

In addition, here are some resources specifically focused on systems engineering:

Also, here is a site that focuses on translating military skills to civilian terminology:

I hope this helps!

All the best,

8 February 2021 Helpful answer


Kathryn O’Brien

Hi Robert,

Thank you for your service. I would HIGHLY recommend attending a Michael Quin LinkedIN MASTERCLASS. Also his cheat sheet

Also Natalie Oliverio has produced a cheat sheet as well.

I would also recommend getting a mentor as well.

Kind regards, Kathryn


Robert Buck Jacksonville, FL

Thanks Joe and Maria! Those answers were helpful; especially the links.

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