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Love at First Sight

Once you've decided to include social media sources in your job search, make sure your professional online presence represents who you are and what you have to offer. 

Think of your LinkedIn profile as a combination of your resume and first interview altogether for anyone to see.

There’s a great blog on Careerealism.com that points out similarities between your resume and a first date

The author, Tim Windhof, breaks it down into the looks and the talk. By this analysis a sloppy and rambling resume would be like a sloppy and rambling date. Who would want a follow up with that? I believe the same could be said of online profiles.
 

Here are some tips 
to get your LinkedIn profile love-at-first-sight worthy:

  •  Be sure to list relevant and up to date job experience.

  • Write in third person and use bullet points in your summary for organization and easy reading. 

  • If you are self-conscious about gaps in employment, don’t forget that life experience and volunteer work should also be included.

  • Highlight qualifications and certifications you have that are specific to the job you are after.

  • Double check for spelling and grammar errors. Err on the side of caution and only use abbreviations and acronyms that are well-known and commonly used in your field.

  • Have a professional profile picture.

  • Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm for your chosen field.

 
When choosing what information to share, step back and look at the big picture. A career coach can be a great asset if you need help with this. Remember, you can always start small and add more information later.
 
Your online profile may be the first point of contact between you and your dream job. You owe it to yourself to take the time to make a good first impression.