Finally, time to prepare your resumes and online profiles (e.g. LinkedIn, Google, and Indeed Resume). In the 21st century, they are critical marketing and sales documents both for your job search (short-term) and your career (long-term).
6. Preparing Your Resume and Your Online Profiles
know the job you want and have collected information on your target employers, you need
to create your resume, actually several versions. And you also need to have online profiles available for recruiters and potential employers to find.
The traditional resume has morphed into a marketing and sales document, selling your desirability as an employee to potential employers. Don't think of it as just a chronological list of every job you've ever had, because it shouldn't be only that.
Now, smart job seekers customize their resumes for the employers and the job(s) they want. The customization helps show the employer that you are paying attention and that you are really interested in them. You don't want just any job; you want a job with them. If you have done your employer shopping, that is true - you do want a job with that employer. And customizing your resume is one way to prove that to them.
Job-Hunt offers you some excellent help with your resume:
- Susan Ireland's section on Resumes is top-notch, as is Susan who has written several best-selling books on resumes. If you are in a hurry (and even if you aren't in a hurry), I highly recommend that you check out Susan's Ready-Made Resumes, an online resume and cover letter builder.
- See the Internet Resume section on Job-Hunt for help with creating the different versions of your resume that you need - from Word versions, to "plain text" versions, and finally web pages. It also includes sections on how to protect your privacy with a cyber-safe resume and where and how to include "keywords" in your resume, all of which are very important to online job search.
Find professional resume writers through a professional certification organization - Career Directors International- if you need professional help with your
resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn Profile, and other social media options.
Online profiles, particularly those on LinkedIn, Google, and Indeed Resume are very important for online job search and online reputation management in the 21st century.
NO LinkedIn Profile = out-of-date = no credibility or mistaken identity
LinkedIn is now THE Website where recruiters are most likely to go when looking for candidates for their job openings. Consequently, not being in LinkedIn, and not having a good, 100% complete Profile, is being invisible to the vast majority (estimated at 80%) of recruiters.
The sooner you get started building your LinkedIn Profile, the better. LinkedIn provides help using LinkedIn for Job Search. Learn more about them in Job-Hunt's LinkedIn for Job Search and Personal Branding sections. (More about online reputation management in Step 4.)
Read 5 Ways You Look Out-of-Date in Your Job Search for more reasons if you need them. Invisibility does not mean privacy, it means vulnerability!
NEXT: Step 7 - Shopping for Your Next Employer
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About the author...
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff "graduate" who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, her company, NETability, Inc. purchased Job-Hunt.org, and Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt since then. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+
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