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Still Job Searching? Tips for Updating Your Online Resume & Profiles

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A crucial part of your job search is how you present yourself through your resume and online profiles. What do yours convey? Follow the tips presented in this webinar to present yourself effectively …

A crucial part of your job search is how you present yourself through your resume and online profiles. What do yours convey? Follow the tips presented in this webinar to present yourself effectively and stand out to potential employers.

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  • 1. Still Job Searching? Tips for Updating Your Online Résumé & Profiles Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com
  • 2. What Employers Want to See Online• Consistency – Dates of employment, previous jobs, skills, etc.• Communication skills – Can you convey your skills and experience across in a concise and compelling way?• Skills & experience – Can you clearly convey your strengths? – Do you have a handle on your brand? Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 2
  • 3. Common “Problem Areas” Online• Incomplete profiles or professional websites – A lot of users sign up for social or professional networking websites, but don’t go beyond the sign-up process• Inactive accounts – No activity on your account might convey that you don’t care about your presence or aren’t serious about job seeking• Lack of updates – Updating your network lets them know how you’re doing and what you’re interested in Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 3
  • 4. Common “Problem Areas” Online• Lack of interaction – Social networking sites are made for meeting new people and interacting with others in your field – If you’re constantly posting information only about you – instead of interacting – you might come off as self- absorbed• Difficult to find – Lack of consistency in usernames or linking to other profiles may make it difficult to find you online – When profiles aren’t complete, you won’t be as visible to employers or recruiters searching for candidates Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 4
  • 5. Common “Problem Areas” Online• Inappropriate content – Many job seekers don’t realize employers are looking at all of their online profiles – Accounts used for personal reasons might not be considered work-appropriate – Take advantage of privacy settings or clean up your profile before job seeking Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 5
  • 6. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Update your experience & accomplishments – Does your résumé or online profile list responsibilities instead of accomplishments? – Employers want to see results – quantify what you accomplished at each past organization to show why you are the ideal candidate – Follow this outline: Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 6
  • 7. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Complete your profile – According to LinkedIn, users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn – For LinkedIn: Follow the “Profile Completeness” percentage on the side of your profile to ensure your profile reaches 100% Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 7
  • 8. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Use free online tools to create a sleek online résumé – Although many employers still want you to turn in a copy of your résumé, creating an online version is proactive and tech-savvy VisualCV.com is a free & simple way to create an online résumé – and some companies even ask for your VisualCV link when applying Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 8
  • 9. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Use free online tools to create a sleek online résumé About.me is a free site that allows you to point users to content from around the web. Flavors.me helps you create a free homepage in minutes by simply connecting an existing Google, Yahoo or Facebook account Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 9
  • 10. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Use free online tools to create a sleek online résumé – Convey your strengths, experience & skills – Include work samples & accomplishments Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 10
  • 11. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Claim your personalized URL – Purchase your domain name for your online résumé and portfolio • Ideally, www.yourname.com • Typically under $10 per year – a great investment for your job search & career! • Check on GoDaddy.com to see if your name (or some version of it) is available & the cost Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 11
  • 12. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Claim your personalized URL – For LinkedIn, go to “Edit Profile” and click “Edit” next to your Public Profile link – Click “Customize Your Public Profile URL” – Choose your first name and last name or something similar to your social networking usernames – Consistency in your usernames will help recruiters & employers find you easily Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 12
  • 13. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Claim your personalized URL – You can opt for creating a professional Facebook page instead of using your personal profile: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ – Claim a personalized URL for your profile or page at: http://www.facebook.com/username/ Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 13
  • 14. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Connect with relevant contacts – Add people you know to your networks on online profile sites – Use address book importers to easily find everyone who is already on the site & invite others who are not yet Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 14
  • 15. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Include relevant keywords & links – In your Twitter bio, mention your field/industry, interests, skills and other relevant keywords – Include a link to your professional portfolio, website, CV or LinkedIn profile Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 15
  • 16. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Include relevant keywords & links – In your LinkedIn profile, include keywords in your summary and specialties section • Employers and recruiters search keywords on LinkedIn to find ideal candidates for positions Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 16
  • 17. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Include relevant keywords & links – List your previous work experience on your profile to connect your account with the organization(s) – Link to your professional Twitter account on LinkedIn Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 17
  • 18. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Include relevant keywords & links – You have the option to include 3 additional links to your LinkedIn profile – Pick the type from the dropdown menu or choose “Other” – By choosing “Other” you can name each link yourself Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 18
  • 19. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Include relevant keywords & links – Don’t forget to fill in your interests, groups/associations & honors/awards as well! Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 19
  • 20. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Include relevant keywords & links – Your LinkedIn headline defaults to your last position title – Consider broadening it to convey your expertise by including relevant keywords to your field & concentration Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 20
  • 21. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Use a professional headshot on your profiles & résumé site – Not having a photo on sites like Twitter may make others question whether you’re a “real” person – A professional headshot is preferable for online profiles – Avoid anything that may be considered inappropriate, such as excessive cleavage or visible alcoholic beverages Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 21
  • 22. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Change your privacy settings on personal accounts – For Facebook: Account > Privacy Settings – Choose “Custom” or “Friends Only” to ensure non-friends cannot view religious views, wall posts, etc. Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 22
  • 23. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Change your privacy settings on personal accounts – Photo albums privacy settings are within each album Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 23
  • 24. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Join professional groups – Search for relevant groups on LinkedIn to coincide with your industry and interests – Sign up for e-mail notifications when new discussions are posted – and join in or start your own when possible Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 24
  • 25. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Join professional groups – LinkedIn groups recently added a “Jobs” tab with jobs relevant to keywords set by the group manager or from the group itself Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 25
  • 26. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Follow organizations of interest Keep up with companies and professional associations through Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 26
  • 27. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Share & create relevant content – Increase your visibility by updating your status on your online profiles regularly – Share content related to your field or interests – Create your own content by keeping a professional blog or tumblr Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 27
  • 28. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Share your expertise in your field – Check out LinkedIn Answers http://www.linkedin.com/answers – Look for questions you can provide answers to Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 28
  • 29. Tips for Updating Your Résumé & Online Profiles• Request recommendations – Connect with former co-workers, supervisors and colleagues – Send recommendation requests to display on your profile Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 29
  • 30. Summary• Creating a positive online presence is a proactive and tech-savvy way to connect with potential employers• Just taking a few minutes to improve your profiles and online résumé can drastically improve your visibility online• Many employers are now checking job candidate’s online images before hiring – make yours an impressive one by being active & involved on each site Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com 30
  • 31. Thank you! Join us for our next job seeker webinar on:March 22, 2011: Things Recruiters & Hiring Managers Won’t Tell You Contact Heather at heather@comerecommended.com