By Brian Murray
For years your resume was meant to represent you professionally in your job search. It was something that was only seen when you provided it and that was likely closely connected to where you were in the job-search process. LinkedIn for many reasons has replaced the resume, but it has also done so much more. It is today's professional Rolodex and can do many things from landing you a job offer to helping you win new business. For this reason you should regularly update your profile to keep up with your ever-evolving role. It can be difficult to refresh your profile regularly, so here are five parts you should look at quarterly.
Expert Tip: If you don’t want people to know you are updating your profile, you can click Notify Your Network on the right hand side. This is good if you are updating to look for a new job.
What does your profile picture say about you? It should match the industry you are in (or you are looking to be in). If you are looking to work at a Creative Agency, a full suit might not be the best picture for you. The picture should be up to date as well. Even though you might like the picture from six years ago, your current picture should be easily recognizable as you.
Your headline is the first thing people see about you. It always accompanies your profile picture. It doesn’t have to be your job, but it can be a description of what you do. It should be interesting and grab the attention of your audience.
Job Title and Position Description
Under experience you should list all of your roles and give an outline of what you are doing or what you did. This space is most similar to the old-school resume. The great news is that it doesn’t have to fit on one page. Even though there is no limit on characters or length, my suggestion is to keep it short and sweet. It should be descriptive of what you are doing and what you are working on.
This section allows you to brag and share all of the skills you’ve acquired over time. It helps show what you’ve done but is also searchable. The more skills you have, the more likely one is to be found. Fair warning, though: You should only put things on here that you actually know.
Expert Tip: If you are looking at someone's profile, you can endorse them for a skill. This is a surefire way to get noticed by them.
These are a great way to have people speak on your behalf. Recommendations go a long way in explaining what it is like to work with you. I suggest asking people regularly to write recommendations for you. After you wrap up a project or while you are working with them make for great times to ask.
If you’ve updated your resume lately and want a job at Likeable you should apply today! Simply go here: http://bit.ly/LikeableCareer