If you are like me and actively read the LinkedIn articles of the day, you have seen the 2011 list of most over used LinkedIn profile words. While I appreciate this list and the insight I gained regarding what words or phrases to eliminate so to avoid sounding like everyone else, it is always helpful to have suggestions to replace the clichéd words. This article from Opportunity Knocks.org provides useful suggestions to spruce up your LinkedIn profile with the main point being show what you have done by listing quantifiable accomplishments rather than summarizing your work with an overdone phrase.
Are you an avid twitter user and cognizant of using 140 characters or less to make your point? If so, you will excel at Twesume – it is a new trend where one has to condense the resume in to 140 characters or less. Can you imagine using 140 characters or less to talk about your professional life? Even worse, I found it so hard to fit my resume in one page – which is supposedly the standard in U.S. unless you are an executive and every detail is worthy of being on the paper.
As I was reading this article from Mashable, more than the evolution of Twesume, I was interested to see how in the world can one fit their career in 140 characters. One professional that is talked about a lot during the holiday season is Santa Claus and here is his Twesume – ” World traveler and toy expert. 300+ years management experience. Looking for position in entertainment industry. http://tinyurl.com/c9ursdp #twesume”.
Cyber tool of the day – RezScore, a web application that reads, analyzes and grades resumes instantly. Click here to check your score.
During the last CareerBytes session with the General Mills Recruiter, students had questions about sending a hand-written thank note vs. electronic thank you note. And definitely as said by the recruiter, hand-written thank you note makes one stand out in the crowd and makes the interaction more personable. Here is an article written by our professor Laura French in Star Tribune. She has given words to the thoughts/expertise of our own HR Expert – Annelise Larson. This article concisely captures the situations where technology could be leveraged and where it is still okay to stay conventional.
Doesn’t it help to know how companies search for prospective profiles online? This is what exactly this article in The Ladders.com talks about. Want to appear more during the recruiter’s candidate hunting? Now, optimize your resume by understanding how these search engines source the profiles. For more information click here>>
Are you the one among the one million workers who have been laid off this year and worried about how you explain your lay off? One strategy to explain your lay off is to point out the how your skill set wasn’t critical to the last employer but why it is important for this organization. Read more in Wall Street Journal>>