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.”
Resumes and LinkedIn
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?
This week, I thought about my first day at new jobs as I watched the President and Vice President be sworn in for their new roles. The purpose of creating a resume and a LinkedIn profile, then going to interviews is, after all, to reach the first day of work in a new position.
My career has encompassed three distinct kinds of first day experiences. They included:
1. The Federal Government,
2. A position at a corporate New York City Contractor,
3. Roles in not-for-profit organizations.
The first day of work at a public agency with structured “onboarding” processes was the most memorable because new employees took an Oath of Office followed by a bewildering ream of paperwork. Less structured organizations “threw me in” after having me sign payroll forms.
Last week, while I was writing my weekly post, a job seeker posed an interesting problem. He has an accounting degree, and worked in accounting for years. Then he started an event promotion business shortly before the Pandemic. His business dropped 95%, so now he is considering a return to an accounting career. Should he build a functional resume?
. Strategies that I think will be helpful in 2021 include:
1. Featuring your Pandemic-related career pivot,
2. Dealing honestly and creatively with a COVID-19 related employment gap, and
3. Taking advantage of virtual opportunities to grow and maintain your industry and professional contacts.