Learn how to Make Your Resume Stand and Network on LinkedIn
First, it’s important to have a solid resume and LinkedIn profile when you’re looking for employment. Resume building can be a little difficult. Essentially, you need to squeeze a lot of information about your previous employers and educational institutions onto one page. LinkedIn allows you to do a little more, elaborating on skills and experience in an easier-to-browse way.
We asked Andrew and Angela about resume building and LinkedIn profiles. They gave similar but differing views on the topic.
- Use bold titles and be mindful of time spent. Recruiters usually start by looking at the titleholder and the length spent at previous employers.
- Make sure data is easy to identify. Show only relevant information in an easy-to-find, tight format on the resume itself.
- Keep the formatting nice and professional. Avoid flashy fonts and design, and include bullet points as this makes it easier to read without blocks of text.
- Bridge gaps and highlight accomplishments. Show that you did many different tasks at your previous employers.
- Keep it simple and short. One page is fine, especially if you graduated recently.
- Show results. You want to mention specifics, like an increase in sales, instead of just saying what you did. Try to show, don’t tell!
- Grab attention. Focus on important points ASAP, titles in bold and with separate, clear-to-read dates. Use numbers to describe work experiences, as these stand out.
- Avoid mistakes. Make sure all your information is correct and use proper formatting. Avoid including information like weird email addresses and a list of your languages.
- Use a professional picture. Avoid photos from other social media like Facebook.
- Fill in everything. Cover your background, jobs, clubs, associations, skills, and more. Treat it like a secondary resume.
- Elaborate on your jobs. Share more about your accomplishments and use examples. This can be longer than your one-page resume.
- Build a network. Add more connections, like teachers, classmates, people in the industry, coworkers, and more. Even people from networking events!
- Use LinkedIn ongoing. You can contact people and get career advice. Meet up in person with a recruiter, they like proactive behaviors.
- Ensure the photo is professional. A good head-shot with a suit and tie is a good approach.
- Complete your profile. All fields in LinkedIn should be filled out in full.
- Experience is number one. It should be top, giving a good snapshot of your background.
- Extras are useful. Like the skills section, which helps with the search.
- Keywords are important. Selecting the right keywords will get you noticed on LinkedIn as recruiters search for these terms.