“Meet Frenchman Philippe Dubost, whose Amazon-style CV has taken the internet by storm, with over one million hits in eight days. And he’s not even a marketing specialist!” ~ BusinessBecause
You might not have the success of this candidate, but there are ways that you can expand your network to get that next great job. Recently (Oct 2011) I went through the job search gauntlet. I was given an opportunity to attend classes to find my next job, paid for my previous employer.
I wrote this post Post Your Resumé on LinkedIn.com before I lost my job. I thought I was a savvy counselor for friends and family looking from work, but I had a lot of “a ha” moments during the training this time. Here are some of the things I learned:
- Make sure your resumé matches your LinkedIn Profile!
- Create a Byline that doesn’t just reflect your current/last job. You are more than your current job title.
- Use a profile picture. When you don’t you look like either you’re hiding something or you are just a newbie who doesn’t know how to get a picture on your computer.
- Flesh out the descriptions of your last three jobs or so. Don’t provide a boring job description but highlight your achievements while in that position.
- If you are on a non-profit board, add a “Volunteer Experience & Causes” section to your profile.
- If you authored (or co-authored) a book, add a “Publications” section to your profile.
- Do not put your home address on your resume. This gives a company a chance to “assume” you won’t want to do the commute. This was a surprise to me.
- Do include your email address and phone number.
- Don’t include the year you graduated from the schools you list.
I could go on and on, but you get the idea.
You might ask, did my LinkedIn profile get me my current job? Actually, I was surfing on Facebook, kinda feeling guilty about not sending out that “one more resume”, when I came across a discussion amongst friends about an open tech writer position. I jumped at the chance, even though I was warned that it would be a step down from what I was doing at my last job. Networking works.