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Ten tips for the perfect LinkedIn profile

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LinkedIn is a great tool to find jobs, stay updated with industry goings on, network with professionals from relevant areas and generally stay within the radar of potential employers.

However, crafting a LinkedIn profile that does all this is not an easy task. Here are 10 tips to help you get it right:

  • Include a profile picture – It may sound shallow, but having a profile picture is imperative. When a recruiter sees a blank space where the profile image should be, it evokes a sense of mistrust right from the get-go. Also, it is important to make sure that the picture is suitable for a professional website. It doesn’t have to be shot in a studio, but should make you look professional yet approachable — somebody a recruiter might want to hire. Also make sure it’s a good quality image, not pixelated, blurred or too dark/light.
  • Summary – Recruiters or employers can have as many as hundreds of resumes and LinkedIn profiles to run through to find a suitable candidate for the job. Thus, chances are, they won’t spend too much time reading your entire profile. You must make the self-sale in the summary section. Ensure that the summary is impactful and describes sufficiently, in the limited space, who you are and what you can offer.
  • Settings – Change your settings while updating your profile or making any job search-related posts; the last thing you need is your current employer getting wind of it. Likewise, when making a new profile, turn off the updates; otherwise, LinkedIn will blast feed every little change you save, every time, to all your contacts, and this can be very annoying.
  • Headings and sub-heads – It is important to break up the text into short, descriptive headings and then describe the details under appropriate sub-heads. Large chunks of text can be boring and the recruiter might lose interest. Precise headings allow the recruiter to know what you are going to be talking about next.
  • Formatted, uniform look – Use bullets and pointers instead of long paragraphs to make your point. This makes it less tedious for a time-pressed recruiter to go through your profile, winning you brownie points
  • Lying – Do not lie in your profile. Industry folk tend to know each other on LinkedIn. So the next time you go for an interview based on false claims, not only will the employer realize that you have fibbed on your profile, he could also spread the word around, ruining any other chances you might have of getting calls from other places.
  • Update your profile – Remember to update your profile from time to time. The last thing a recruiter wants is to call you as a potential candidate based on the details you have revealed on your profile, only to realize that it hasn’t been updated and you do not meet his requirements. If you were a job seeker three years ago, make sure you change that after you get a job, otherwise you will keep getting jobs suitable for freshers, without understanding why that is the case. Likewise, if you are looking for a job but your profile says you already have a job, it could mean you aren’t getting calls you otherwise might have received, so change that.
  • Endorsements – Make sure you put up skills which you truly have. Being endorsed for the wrong skill-sets for the right job will not win you any brownie points. It doesn’t matter if you have 50 endorsements for a skill-set if it isn’t relevant to you. Instead, take time to think about which are the skills you want to be known for and list only those.
  • Words not to use – While it is important to remember that you must use words that are likely to optimize your profile and put you at the top of search results, going for the overkill or using words that have been done to death is not effective, either. As of 2012, words like ‘creative, organizational, effective, motivated, extensive experience, track record, innovative and responsible are considered taboo for using on your LinkedIn profile.
  • Connections and groups – This may seem innocuous, but be mindful of the people and groups that you have listed on your profile. If a potential employer sees your connections and groups scattered across completely unrelated industries, it will fail to impress him, the idea being that you aren’t focused enough. So, make sure to avoid having unrelated people and groups.

 

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With these 10 tips, you can’t go wrong with your LinkedIn profile. But if you still think you can’t manage on your own worry not. Style Resumes will be happy to help you on your path to success. Simply contact Style Resumes and a useful, impressive LinkedIn profile can be yours.

 

 

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Characteristics of a Perfect Resume

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You may have read dozens of article on resume writing tips from different sources, and some of them may be contradicting. So, which one to follow? Here, we have compiled the top things to include and not to include if you don’t want your resume to be thrown into the trash bin.

URL to your professional online profiles

If you don’t include URLs to your professional online profiles, hiring managers will look you up regardless. 86% of recruiters admit to reviewing candidates’ online profiles, so make their job easier by including your URL along with your contact information. This will prevent recruiters from having to guess or mistaking you for someone else.

Executive summary

Instead of including a generic objective statement which no one cares about, provide an executive summary at the top of your resume, which should be like a “30-second elevator pitch” where you explain who you are and what you’re looking for. In approximately three to five sentences, explain what you’re great at, most interested in, and how you can provide value to a prospective employer.

Reverse chronological order

When elaborating your professional experience, use reverse chronological order. This is the most helpful for recruiters because they’re able to see what you’ve been doing in recent years immediately. Also, remember to only include relevant experience which is related to the job you’re applying for.

Keywords

Many companies use some kind of screening process to identify the right candidates. You should include the keywords mentioned in the job posting throughout your resume. Identify the common keywords, terminology, and key phrases that routinely pop up in the job descriptions of your target role and incorporate them into your resume (assuming you have those skills). This will help you make it past the initial screenings and on to the recruiter or hiring manager.

Achievements in bullet points

Recruiters receive so many resumes to scan through at a time, so make it as easy as possible for them to understand why you’re perfect for the job. Avoid dense blocks of text and create short bulleted points instead. Under each job or experience you’ve had, explain how you contributed to or supported your team’s projects and initiatives. Quantify your major accomplishments and contributions for each role. This can include the money you saved or brought in for your employer, deals closed, and projects delivered on time or under budget. Do not use any more than three to five bullet points.

Put education at the bottom

Unless you’re a recent graduate, you should highlight your work experience and move your education information to the bottom of your resume. Never include anything about your high-school years.

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Networking – the Key to Your Career Success

Employee referrals have been part of the hiring process for years. But according to the experts, employee recommendations have become the key that unlocks the door. For instance, employees at Ernst & Young have been responsible for 45 percent of non-entry-level placements in 2013, up from 28 percent in 2010. Clearly, in the job hunt, it is not about what you know, but who you know.

How to acquire this key? How to have tons of friends who are holding important positions at top companies? The answer is networking. Check out our top networking tips to guarantee a position at a top company.

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Attend networking events

How are you supposed to gain contacts if you are closeted at home? Prepare an awesome business card, suit up and rock the networking events! Go to any job fairs, career events, gatherings, anywhere you can meet industry professionals that might give you a job.

However, don’t be that annoying person that everyone avoids. Introduce yourself and engage them with dialog. Make it all about them, not about you. Then, master the art of the business card exchange. Don’t shove yours in their face, but ask permission to have their card.

Note that in such social events, top industry professionals would meet plenty of job-hungry individuals like you. They would receive uncountable business cards and at the end of the day, they wouldn’t care which card belongs to whom. So how to stand out in this situation? Get a cool, state-of-the-art business card design that will attract anyone’s attention. A cool business card can also serve as the basis of conversation, and trust us, your business card would be the only business card he keeps (and talk about!) at the end of the day.

Pro tip: consider getting yourself a mobile resume too, which is the coolest way to present your resume at networking events.

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These days, whether you’re working or looking for a job, you can’t afford not to use LinkedIn. It’s the single most important professional networking site on the Internet. Once you’ve created your LinkedIn profile to promote your “personal brand” and set up your network, use that network to find connections at your target employers. Then, email them to learn more about their companies and, when appropriate, ask for referrals.

You can also use LinkedIn to build goodwill, which could ultimately inspire your contacts to recommend you for openings where they work. Share articles, routinely participate in LinkedIn’s group discussions and send congratulatory notes to others in your network. This way, you’ll be on the radar of LinkedIn members whose firms are hiring.

Besides LinkedIn, you can also utilize other social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Keep your profile current, use appropriate photos and participate in discussions. Note that networking is something you do all the time, not just when you need something, and part of building rapport with your network is to feed it with information. Share interesting articles to show your contacts that you are keeping up with the latest industry trends.

Cultivate the relationship

In effective networking, face-to-face interactions and social networks work hand in hand. After the networking event, follow up on social media either the same day or the next day when the event is still fresh in their minds. When appropriate, request a time to meet to learn more about them, their business, and how you can help one another. Connect them to someone that may be in need of their services. Subscribe to Google alerts or their newsletters and congratulate them on their successes, new ventures, or even their recent quote in the paper. And, if necessary, set your calendar up to remind you to contact your professional connections.

By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll stay at the top of minds of the industry professionals. Therefore, they will know who to contact when there is a new opening at their company!

How to Research on Your Interviewer

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Interviews are often stressful and standing out in this tough economy is more difficult due to a higher volume of applicants. Apart from ensuring you have a well written resume that stands out, you will also increase your chance of getting hired if you spend time researching the employer prior to your meeting.

It’s important an employer sees that you understand what the company does, their future direction, who the major players are in the industry and how you as an individual can add value. If you want to have the best chance possible of landing your dream job, read on for tips to researching a company before your interview.

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One of the great (and often under utilised) tools for this sort of assignment is Google News. A quick search of the company name on Google News will reveal a whole host of information regarding what the company has been up to that’s news worthy. One of the benefits of using this tool is that the information is listed with the most recent information first.

Social Media

Peruse posts on the company’s social media pages such as LinkedIn and you’re sure to come across a wealth of information to impress during your interview. LinkedIn is a great way to find out more about the leadership of the employers, staff you’ll be interviewed by and those you’ll likely be working with. You can also read articles, recommendations, management style and beliefs of the company’s values.

Sites like Twitter and Facebook are also a great resource for learning of any opportunities, threats or sore points for the business. If you notice that a lot of customers or followers are talking about a product or service they’d love to see introduced, or alternatively an issue that requires solving, these are perfect topic points to bring up in an interview. Employers love to hire problem solvers, so by identifying issues that you can help solve, you will immediately demonstrate your ability to fulfill a business’ needs.

Social media pages are a great place to do some general business and industry research. Learn about the current issues or new developments from the people in the know and you’ll help yourself stand out in your next interview.

Use Your Networks

A great way to gain greater insight into a potential employer is to use your own professional networks for information. Apart from the knowledge direct contacts can supply, don’t be scared of asking second or third-tier connections (friends of friends) for more information.

The Company Website

Don’t restrict your search to Home and About Us pages, spend some time reading through their Press or Media pages as well, press releases in particular can be a goldmine of information. You might be able to find out the latest product just launched, the growth over the current year, new company acquisitions, any new hires you might potentially be working with, and more.

Ask relevant questions that show your in-depth understanding of the business. If you notice that the company is making cut backs, for instance, you can showcase your ability to meet their needs by giving examples of how you could save money or new technology you could implement to save time, and therefore money.

Before worrying about the interview, first you have to think how you could get the interview! One of the best ways to get a lot of interview calls from the right company is to submit an excellent resume, tailored to the position you are applying for. For fresh graduates, sometimes crafting a resume might be even harder than mastering the art of interview, so why not leave it in the hands of professionals?

A creative resume could also help you during the interview. When you submit a creative resume, you have stolen the interviewer’s attention from the beginning. Then, the interviewer will be much more enthusiastic about your prospects at the company when he/she is interviewing you.

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Are You Working on Your Calling?

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Do you remember your parents asking you what you want to be when you grow up? What did you want to be when you grew up? Are you now working on it?

Your calling is that passion that you have deep inside – the career that defines your purpose in life. It was said that if you find a job that you love you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Some of us work in careers for so long that we are numb on the inside and outside. We go from appointment to appointment and our days are so mundane. We hardly get any enjoyment out of what we do because it is just another 9 to 5. Have you recently said, ‘I could do this job with my eyes closed’?

People who choose a career, instead of their calling, wake up disappointed that they have to go to work. They hate facing another day. If you find your calling and pursue it, life will become an adventure and not just another 9 to 5.

Ponder over these statements:

  • Your passion directs you to your calling.
  • A calling is who you are.
  • A career is what you do.
  • A calling is 24-7-365.
  • A career is a 9 to 5.
  • A calling is what you would do for free.
  • A career is what they have to pay you to do.
  • A calling cannot be measured with money or fame.

Take a few moments to ponder over what is going on in your life today and figure out if it compensates towards your calling. Listen to your mind, body and soul. Don’t worry about what others will think or even if they will agree to whatever calling you move towards. Live your life as if tomorrow is your last day on Earth. Enjoy today because tomorrow isn’t definite.

Work for your calling

Now you say “I am not working for my calling, but now it’s too late for a career change.” Let us tell you something: you can do a career change. It’s never too late. Then how?

If you have made up your mind for a career change and pursue your calling in life, the first step you have to do now is to update your resume and begin the exhausting job search all over again. You might have impressive track record but don’t know how to put it on paper. Or, you may want a major career change and you have no idea how to edit your resume accordingly.

Worry not! Simply hire a professional resume writer that is capable to revamp your resume and adjust it to your new career objective. When it comes to resumes, Style Resumes is the expert. You can choose to invest in a conventional professional resume, the eye catching graphic resume, the technologically advanced mobile resume, or other types of resume.

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