The kids are back in school. Labor Day has come and gone. It’s time to get serious about your job search. Dust off the resume and open the LinkedIn profile. Let’s get to work and back to the Job Search!
Your resume is your marketing document. It may be a hiring manager’s or human resources’ first impression. You need to make sure you are using key words and targeting your desired job position. Proof reading is a must. Make sure you don’t have any typos or misspellings. Ask a neutral party to review your resume. After reading, the reviewer should be able to answer these questions:
1. What do you do?
2. What type of position are you looking for?
3. What are your accomplishments that would contribute to this type of position?
4. Do you have any typos, misspellings or formatting issues?
Like your resume, your profile is a marketing tool but it is online. Your profile is valuable real estate that tells your story. Again, it creates a first impression. At a glance, you will be added to a list of potential list, or skipped over. Of course, you want to be added to the list! Key words describing your targeted position and your accomplishments are critical. And of course, you should not have any typos or misspellings. Ask someone to review your LinkedIn profile and answer the same questions listed above.
These two job search tools are significant in your personal branding and must have’s in your hunt. They are the starting point for your quest to find a new position. During the upcoming weeks, we will highlight other tools and steps for your search.