The education section on your resume may be one of the shortest if you are a mid-career professional, yet it could carry the most punch per line. That is because the majority of jobs in the US economy require education beyond high school, and employers look for college grads in their searches. According to a Georgetown University study, 65% of jobs in the United States require post-secondary education.
Your profile photo on LinkedIn is very important. According to LinkedIn, “members with photos receive 21 times more profile views and up to 36 times more messages.”
This week, another career coach sent me an article on the 10 words hiring managers find most irritating on resumes. The story resonated with me because nearly every resume job seekers send me has a few of these words—and sometimes all of these words–on it.
Take advantage of LinkedIn features to get attention. For example:
1. Write your own headline,
2. Elaborate on job titles,
3. Take advantage of the space available to you in narrative dialog boxes,
4. Make LinkedIn your online portfolio, and
5. Be active on LinkedIn after you establish your profile.
Here are a few of the questions and answers we discussed, along with information I’ve learned from other sources:
1. What is an applicant tracking system?
2. Does every employer use an applicant tracking system?
3. How challenging is it for someone applying for a job to get through the system?
4. Can a candidate “get around the system” when applying for a job?