LinkedIn has given all of its users a very special but hard to find gift, and most people are not taking advantage of it. Here’s a clue; it has to do with LinkedIn headlines.
So, what is this special gift?
If you’re doing the right things in the workplace, you should get noticed as an amazing and capable employee.
And not as someone in their twenties fresh out of college…
Your resume could one of hundreds sitting in a stack on the desk of a recruiter or HR manager. Given the accepted elements of a professional resume, there’s a good chance that most of those resumes are going to look the same. You want your resume to stand out but you have to be careful to make sure it provides the information they need without looking unprofessional. What creative resume choices can you make that will get you hired?
Searching for a job can be time-consuming. It’s tempting to cut corners and send a mass-produced letter, but doing so can hurt your chances of making the first cut and landing a first interview. Customized cover letters can be the first step in getting hired.
No matter how many hours you spend polishing your resume, no matter how much money you spend to have it professionally written, recruiters will spend about 6 to 8 seconds looking at it before making an initial determination. In most cases, they spend that time scanning the skills section to see if your skills meet their requirements.
We all want to get our careers off to a great start. We all want to be noticed for the right things. But sometimes, as a young professional, it’s hard to get eyes on our good work and ears on our good ideas. In other words, it’s hard to make a positive impact.