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Resume and LinkedIn Tips

Your resume and LinkedIn profile are important calling cards in the job search. It is critical that their information is accurate. Equally important, there must be a high correlation between the resume and LI profile especially as it pertains to dates of employment and even position titles. If there are differences it may raise questions during the interview process. It is also important to realize that prospective employers may contact references that are listed on your LI profile.

As a rule, your resume should include the following information:

Contact information. Include phone, mail and email contact information. In addition, make sure your voicemail message is professional. A message that is too casual can create a negative impression.

Career objective. You may choose to list or not list your career objective. If your objective doesn't match the recruiter's needs, you may miss out on a golden opportunity. However, a clearly stated career objective can help your recruiter find an ideal career match.

Summary statement. Your summary should be brief.

  1. Include your title and years of experience.
  2. List pertinent skills and achievements.
  3. Discuss your character traits or work style.

Example: "Financial Accountant with over 10 years' experience with two Fortune 500 companies. Technical skills include P&L, budgeting, forecasting and variance reporting. Bilingual in Spanish and English. Self-starter who approaches every project in a detailed, analytical manner."

Professional experience. List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list the company once and then list the various positions to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and especially your accomplishments.

Other components. Include education, professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.

Personal information. Do not include personal information such as marital status, age, political affiliation or religion. DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER ON YOUR RESUME OR LINKEDIN PROFILE FOR ANY REASON!

Social Media. Many of our candidates are intimately involved with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. It is critical that you understand that prospective employers will review social media outlets to learn as much as they can about prospective candidates. It is important therefore that your social media paints a flattering picture. While a candidate may rightly insist that their personal time is their own, if a social media web site paints an unflattering picture of your behavior it may have an adverse effect on job opportunities.

12 Accomplishments Employers Want To See

  • Tenure with past employers
  • Increased sales/revenues
  • Increased profits or minimizing losses
  • Ability to build and/or run a division, business unit or program
  • Contract wins and win percentages
  • New/potential business being tracked
  • Managing the business development process
  • Increased efficiencies – Money saved, Overhead cut, P&L achieved
  • Increased productivity
  • Implementing new procedures and policies
  • Developing and fielding new products or services, and
  • Successfully solving a problem(s)