- Clean up what’s important
Your resume and LinkedIn profile are equally important when it comes to seeking out new employment opportunities. Both function as a quick survey of your skills and experience.
You’ve likely heard that your resume should reflect your most recent job experience. In fact, resumes shouldn’t go back more than a decade in most cases. A LinkedIn profile is a little bit more like a curriculum vitae, but you still want to highlight your most recent and relevant experience.
Don’t be afraid to refresh either. You can remove older work experience, or jobs that are no longer relevant. If you’re switching fields, this is especially important.
Take a moment to update your skills as well. If you’ve learned something new, be sure to add it. If the language around certain skills has changed, you’ll want to check that the terms you use are in line with those used in your industry.
- Keyword Research
One of the reasons to update your skills section on either your resume, or your LinkedIn profile, is because terminology often shifts. Job titles may change, and skill descriptions do, too.
This has, in part, to do with keyword searches. When hiring managers are sifting through applications, or LinkedIn profiles, they want to be able to identify candidates that match their ideals. To do this, they use software to search for certain terms.
If you’re not using the right keywords, you might be filtered out of the “yes” pile, even if you have the requested skills.
- What’s Trending
Keywords exhibit certain trends, and they’re always in flux. As employer expectations change, so too do the words they choose to describe skills and jobs. Eventually, a search term becomes oversaturated, which means it’s no longer effective in sorting candidates.
Other trends exist as well. Take, for example, the trend of putting an objective statement on your resume. This practice dates back decades, but it’s considered out of fashion now. If you still have an objective statement on your resume, it’s time to delete it.
Certain graphic design trends also influence how up-to-date and fashionable a resume looks. Keep in mind that you want your resume to be legible, especially at a glance. A clean, professional look is almost always in order.
You have less control over your LinkedIn profile, but you can change your profile picture, your banner, and your header. All three should be refreshed and updated before you start your search. Also be sure to revisit your LinkedIn summary.
- Dot Your I’s and Cross Your T’s
Once you’ve refreshed your resume, and your LinkedIn profile, it’s time to clean it up. Watch for spelling errors, and grammar issues.
While many recruiters don’t put as much emphasis on spelling and grammar as you might think, turning in an application riddled with errors is unprofessional. If your resume is sloppy, potential employers might think your work on the job will be careless, too.
If spelling and grammar are not your forte, don’t be afraid to get some help from a trusted friend, or family member.
However get in contact with one of our recruiters to get assisted with your job search