Your digital footprint will say more than your resume
The resume that used to be printed on paper—with gimmicks like scented or colored paper to stand out—is rapidly becoming obsolete. In the digital age, your digital footprint allows companies to truly determine the validity of the information you share with them.
Jon Bischke, CEO of recruitment software company Entelo, relies increasingly on digital data when evaluating potential job candidates. “Twenty years ago, the resume was a piece of paper,” Bischke told Business News Daily. “Now, it’s a collection of all [candidate] data that can be found online, like participation in online communities, conferences, and meetups. Recruiters can assess whether a person will fit, and learn if he or she has the right skills for the job.”
Your LinkedIn profile will need these five elements
New to LinkedIn or haven’t updated your profile in a while? Follow these tips to quickly leverage this platform for job search success in 2018 and beyond:
- Summary. LinkedIn can function as a searchable resume, so complete your profile and include relevant keywords relating to your industry and the job roles you’re targeting. Completed profiles receive 46 percent more views than those that don’t. Start by filling out your summary—you have 2,000 characters to work with (and some should be used to incorporate relevant keywords). Use them.
- Professional headshot. Profiles with a professional headshot get viewed 21 times more than those without and are 36 times more likely to receive a message than those without.
- Highlighted skills. Listing all your skills can result in 13 times more profile views. Specifically, listing more than five skills gets you 17 times more profile views. Listing five skills shouldn’t be hard—there are more than 45,000 standardized skills from which to choose.
- Endorsements. Add social proof for your job skills by asking people you’ve worked with for endorsements. To get more endorsements, start by first endorsing your connections. Start with your closest colleagues, as they are the ones most likely to reciprocate.
- Status updates. Use your status updates to share valuable information. A single status reaches 20 percent of your followers — a much better organic reach than the average Facebook post. Use your status updates to convey your expertise and stay top of mind with people who may need your skills today or in the future.