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LinkedIn to Find a Job

posted Jun 16, 2014, 11:47 AM by Marianne E. Green   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 11:51 AM ]
Your LinkedIn resume is an important job search tool. Its key advantage over a traditional resume- whether paper or electronic- is that it can be more comprehensive and contain more helpful features. That doesn't mean that you should neglect one in favor of the other! When you create your LinkedIn "resume," keep the following in mind:

1. Make sure your profile is formatted and free of spelling and grammatical errors. It's useful to create your profile in Word initially and then cut and paste into your profile
2. Your LinkedIn resume can and should have a professional head shot. While pictures are not recommended for traditional resumes, they are necessary here.

3. Your LinkedIn resume can be as long as you need it to be! Go into detail using key words in your Experience section. You can even add relevant classes to your Education section. Subscribe to groups that will keep you abreast of your field of interest. Get recommendations that will help "flesh out" your profile. Provide links to articles you have written or conferences where you may have presented. Try to fill out your profile--- 100%.

4. Unlike the traditional resume, LinkedIn has limited formatting. You can't use bolding or italics. Asterisks and capital letters, however, will draw attention to your key points. You have more formatting flexibility with a traditional resume: underlining, bolding, italics, symbols, etc.

5. LinkedIn is more dynamic than your traditional resume. Take advantage of this by updating your status regularly so your contacts are informed about your achievements or movements. Make sure you "like" and "comment" on the updates of others in your network, as well.
In summary, you need both- a LinkedIn profile and a traditional resume- for successful networking and job seeking. Both must be effective and complete to promote your brand