LinkedIn Blog Post

LinkedIn is still the go to for professional networking. Whether you are an entrepreneur, professional, or a student who has just graduated, the importance of having a LinkedIn profile cannot be overlooked. However, most people don’t appreciate the effectiveness of a good LinkedIn profile and hence, leave their profile lingering in the vastness of the internet.

It is crucial to keep your LinkedIn profile updated; here are 7 ways of updating your LI profile and giving it a more professional appeal.

1.     Complete Your Profile

A completed profile always stands out. Much like a resume, LinkedIn asks you for your educational background, skills, work experience, profile picture, work position, etc. It is essential that you fill out these details. Additionally, add a profile headline and a summary to describe your professional personality. Always remember to utilize keywords in your entire profile so that it turns up more often in search results.

2.     Proofread

This is a vital point; you should always proofread something which you write, even if it is online. Therefore, remember to proofread your LI profile for any spelling and grammatical mistakes. If you don’t, it can give any potential employer a bad impression. You can even have someone else read your profile and ask them to give you their honest opinion so that you can make the necessary changes.

3.     Never Lie

Lying is never good and in the professional world, it shows the employer that you are untrustworthy and unreliable.  So, don’t embellish anything regarding your education or work history.

4.     Upload a Profile Picture

The absence of a profile picture or worse, a profile picture that’s inappropriate for the work environment can ruin your chances of securing a good offer. It is advisable to upload a quality photo that will show your potential employers that you are serious about connecting with them for the right opportunity.

5.     Don’t Ignore Your Profile Link

When you create a LI profile, you will receive a URL that will be made up of a string of alphanumerical characters. Never leave it like that as it can become difficult for employers to find you. Instead, type a name and keep it professional. You don’t want to use your childhood nickname or your online gaming username.

6.     Stay Active

If you want a great LI profile, engage and have conversations, don’t just connect. Professionals are on LinkedIn to discuss and share their ideas, opinions, tips, etc. regarding a particular industry. As a job seeker, you can greatly benefit by actively engaging and you will be able to build new connections as well.

7.     The Power of LinkedIn Applications

A great way to update and enhance your LI profile is to incorporate the use of LinkedIn applications. For example, if you are a video editor, you can use Box.net or SlideShare to embed videos into your profile. This is also a good way to showcase a specific set of skills to potential employers.

 

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360HR – Putting People Back Into the Recruitment Process

 

 

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There are some amazing platforms out here for your job search and much better than the antiquated Virtual Edge or Taleo. Greenhouse and Lever are seriously changing the candidate experience for the better in applying to jobs. Companies don’t want a 3-page resume so why should you have to fill out an application with 99,000 pages? So here are a few tips for job searching in 2016.

Greenhouse.io and Lever.co are great platforms, very candidate and client user-friendly.

Check out this quick tip>>>>>>>>>>

Cut and paste one of the lines below, exactly as it is (including quotations), into your search bar. Change the role title to fit your career. Voila!

site:greenhouse.io “project manager”

site:lever.co “internship”

site:indeed.com “talent sourcer”

Let us know what you think!

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360 ENGAGE – Build a nurtured talent pool and generate a seamless candidate journey. This is how candidate engagement really works.

360 SOURCE- Source prospects, build a quality talent pipeline and create lasting candidate relationships.

360 RECRUIT – We provide quality candidates for direct hire staff: • University Level • Professional Level • Executive positions (contingency)

360 STAFF – Temporary – Contract employees to clients on a short-term, long-term or project basis.

360 DIVERSITY FORWARD – Cultural competency consulting and education to assist client -partners in moving from diversity through inclusion cultures in the workplace. (retained)

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A good resume is the first step that opens up a world of hiring possibilities.

There are a lot of how-to guides and tips out there designed to help you improve your resume, but sometimes you get the itching feeling that those articles might have been written a few decades ago by greedy corporations laughing on top of their stacks of money. We get it.

360HR’s goal in this blog is to help you revise your resume and make sure that the right components are in the right places. Follow these 8 steps, and you’ll have a relevant resume that’s much more likely to land your next interview:

Save your Resume File a Specific Way

Employers could potentially receive thousands of emails for any given position. When a company is hiring for more than one position, the situation can get out of hand in terms of organization. Although getting lost in the mix is unlikely to happen, it’s always a good idea to save your resume with the following template:

Firstname.lastname – role title.

Having your resume saved like this helps saves time when a recruiter is trying to find you in a stack of resumes. Hey, it might help you find it on your own computer as well. The quicker your resume can be located and attributed accurately to you, the better your chances are of moving forward in the hiring process.

For Technology Workers – Say You’re a U.S. Citizen

There’s a lot of talent in the Tech world, and not all of it is in the United States. Many companies will sift through to find local candidates first. Since you’re not looking to get a visa and a job, if your name has an international heritage it’s a good idea to say you are a citizen on your resume.

Contact Information is Essential

If you can’t be contacted, you won’t be getting an interview. It’s that simple. You should always, without exception, include your name, email, phone number, and any relevant social media links on your resume. Make sure the information is accurate too – you don’t want the interview given to the wrong person!

Only include city and state you’re currently in since most companies are only looking to hire locally. If you’re willing to relocate, it’s best to leave out the city and state – but do this judiciously. Leave off your physical address because identity theft is very real.

Create a Professional Summary

A professional summary is the elevator pitch about you. It’s your branding story. This section is where you can target your resume to effectively show how your skillset and personality will fit the company you’ve chosen.

Be careful you don’t put too much information here, employers aren’t looking for how many pets you own or a biography of your life. Be brief, and make sure you leave out any “objective statements” about how you’re trying to get the job. They know you want employment. Just tell them your superpower and let the rest of your resume do its job.

Highlight your Skills – Specifically – Keywords

Having a section where you highlight your skills is absolutely essential. In concise language, list out the most relevant Hard Skills (what you can do), Technical Skills (the tools you use to do what you do), and Soft Skills (How you relate to people around you when you do what you do) specifically using keywords in the actual job description you are applying for.

These give employers a quick snapshot of your abilities and how you can contribute to their company professionally. However, keep it relevant – juggling is good for clowns, not contractors.

Include Professional Experience

It’s always a good idea to include any professional experience you’ve had. Your experience is what backs up your professional summary and skillsets, so you need to make you have it right.

Always list experience in reverse chronological order – with month/year dating only. Giving your most recent experience saves the recruiter time and effort when checking out your history. It’s also best to include no more than 15 years of experience since higher level positions typically only ask up to that figure.

For candidates still in school, it’s usually wise to put experience after education – which we’ll cover next.

Know Where and How to List Your Education

Education, like experience, helps you back up the skill sets you have. It’s best to list education in reverse chronological order, starting with the highest level of education you’ve achieved and working backward. Include dates only if you’ve graduated within the last 5 years – otherwise, it’s generally not important.

As we mentioned when talking about experience, only include education before experience if you are a current student. This helps tip off potential employers that you’ll be graduating soon and immediately lets them know that your priority has been education for the past few years.

List Professional Affiliations

It’s not entirely unheard of for some companies to research you and grant interviews based on what professional affiliations you have, so don’t exclude this section. There are quite a few organizations that foster professional growth in any given industry, and sometimes joining can give you the edge you need to get an interview.

Keep One More Thing in Mind:

Resumes should jump off the page. They are to get the interview. The interview is to get the job.

360HR talent team always strives to give feedback to candidates on they can be better and succeed. Our mission is to provide a proactive candidate experience, connect with people, connect people to opportunities by putting them back into the recruitment process.

Contact Us at 520-314-6330 FREE to find out more.

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You Can Thank Us Later…

Email:

NeGaTive on OnFleek@SillyEmailAddress.com or WeedLegalYay@HighEmailAddress.com

The example of a proper email address includes first, last name and possibly an abbreviation as to what you do. See Below:

Example Email: Janet.DooGooderHR@JobMingler.com

The email address you use for your job search is part of your branding. The name should match the name on your resume as well as the resume file attachment.

File saved in both Docx and PDF: Jane.DoooGooder_HR Resume

2. Address:

This is a simple one.

Open To Relocation? Yes. Then leave it off.
No Desire to Relocate? Then ONLY put City/State.

3. Objectives:

If your resume starts off like this…“Established Professional seeks… With an organization that offers….”, it’s boring and outdated.

Use a Professional Summary Instead.

In a concise, no more than three sentence, paragraph, explain your superpowers, what interest you most and the value you bring. Read More