Your resume and Linkedin profile need updating at least twice a year.
What better time than now to get started. Before you send your resume out, consider the following:
You lose control of who sees your resume when you click send. Beyond the HR manager/officer, a dozen people may see it, including other managers, assistants, recruiters, old bosses, and university entities. Make sure your words are well weighed.
Where you live (to the floor number) is of no value, it takes space, causes clutter, and makes you vulnerable to stalkers.
Have a professional picture that is cropped a little below the shoulder. Studies have shown a too close picture would show your blemishes, and too far makes it hard to recognize. Besides, they will call you for your competencies, not your bright smile, unless you’re applying for an acting job.
Have a professional email that is short and memorable (one with initial and surname is easiest). Your “butterflybaby16” email, which you found cool when you were 16, would raise eyebrows as a professional. Don’t worry about losing them: you can merge emails through forwarding.
Facebook, your personal journal, photo sharing should all be kept away from your CV/resume and LinkedIn pages. Although consider your last month’s party pictures are none of your future manager’s concern. Still, everyone is curious, but don’t make the researcher’s life easy by providing this information unless requested.
Personal details such as a complete address, your complete birthday, number of dependents, political and religious affiliations are all secondary. Besides, too much information can lead to fraud.
Initially, LinkedIn gives you a contact link that is an alphanumeric jumbled text. You can share your profile through that link found beneath your photo through emails, conversations, and business cards. Please take a moment to customize it by using some variant of your name only.
Of course, your education, training, skills and languages, experience, and projects are important, but companies may ask how you spend your free time. Today, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is the center of many organizational reports. Volunteering is the human’s CSR — the move of leaders who spend their precious time to give back to the society, especially the less fortunate. Puppet shows for the sick children, caring for lost animals, playing the violin to war veterans, giving painting class in a local school, preparing meals at an orphanage are a few ways to volunteer hours of your week. They prove you are humane, compassionate, and care about a better society. It hints at character traits such as patience, friendliness, resilience, communicability, and selflessness.
Your resume is your mirror in the professional world. Make sure it truly represents the person you are without making it too boring to read.
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