6 tips for success with your online resume
Some helpful hints on how to make the most of your online resume.
It’s a confusing time of transition. Some employers welcome the use of social – yes even Facebook – to search for opinions (crowdsourcing) and many employers are quite OK, even encouraging, when it comes to employees using such sites during work hours for work-related purposes.
Work sites like Venture Jobs and LinkedIn are growing in popularity because their purpose is practical: to connect professionals with each other and employers with employees all over the world. Users take it seriously – and so should you.Many employers, HR professionals and recruiters scan job-related websites regularly for their next ideal candidate and for you to get on their shortlist, it helps to sites like LinkedIn and Venture Jobs well.
Titles and job duties noted on your online resumes must match your hard-copy CV because the two will eventually be compared in an interview situation. But to get to that desired goal, you need to know what to do – and what not to do – with your online professional persona.
- Do not embellish any titles or accomplishments; you will get called out by the well-connected online community.
- Be very clear what jobs you are qualified for and are searching for.
- Tell what sets you apart from the pack. There are lots of people applying for the same positions.
- Keywords are just that – key! This is online, after all. Make your personal headline jam-packed with who you are and what you offer. You know you are a multi-tasking, organized HR manager who speaks Spanish, English and French with experience in the furniture manufacturing industry, residential construction and provincial government, so tell everyone else.
- Once you’re happy with your profile, connect with people in a variety of industries and generations. Casting the net wide, you can find others with similar professional interests who may be able to connect you with more people and possibly your next dream job.
- Everyone looks at job-related sites, whether they are actively applying, recruiting, or just kicking tires. LinkedIn reported more than 175 million registered site users in 2012 – that’s a lot of people who may want to know what you’re able to do for them, so keep your profile accurate and up-to-date.
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