Resume Writing with LinkedIn

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Within the confines on the personal financial literacy curriculum all educators find themselves teaching students how to write their own resumes for jobs. Realistically when you’re in high school you have nothing legitimate to put on a resume unless you’ve been involved in volunteer work for an extended period of time, as no prospective real world employer is going to care that you worked at the local deli.

I personally believe that there is a way of writing resumes specific to certain industries. For example, a resume geared towards becoming a teacher will be far different than the one geared towards becoming a lawyer. The teacher’s resume will highlight interactions with students and their licensures. A lawyer’s resume will highlight any experiences working with the law such as mock trials, internships or trying cases, even briefs on case law might be relevant here.

Now, in my experience resumes seem to be a dime a dozen, as most look the same because there are so many cookie cutter resumes out there. Even with the ability to scour all the templates available individuals will still rely heavily on the same boring templates.

LinkedIn has been around since 2003, but only in recent years have people started to devote time to utilizing it. For me, it was a lot like Facebook, where I never really used it at all and then decided to make it work for me. I list my education, experience, skills and publications there. It was during my MBA program where I noticed the MBA Director and Dean of Business were constantly viewing my profile. At that time I didn’t have anything listed there, but have since decided to enhance my brand with it.

At this point in time with most applications being via online opportunities it may be appropriate to send in your LinkedIn profile, rather than an actual resume. This could help you stand out with potential employers, as you’ll be able to indicate far more information on LinkedIn than within a resume. The most important aspect I’ve seen regarding LinkedIn is due to the Skills and Expertise sections where other people can endorse your skills here. This is important, since these days it is very rare for someone to actual read through a recommendation letter, outside of applying for a graduate level academic program.

The following is the most straight forward video describing how to utilize LinkedIn:

The following is a great top ten list of LinkedIn tips:

3 Smart Ways to Use Video in LinkedIn:

5 Simple Tips:

The biggest asset of LinkedIn is being able to emphasize important coursework you’ve taken while in college. You can more easily specify what you’ve done that allows you to signify how you’re a fit to their company via your education or training.

It is also a great idea to create your own specific URL link directly associated with you, as opposed to the generic link provided by LinkedIn.

For those that are like me and understand Search Engine Optimization it may be helpful to view the following video on how to use your interests for SEO:

http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

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