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Resume, LinkedIn, and the Interview: The Recipe for a Job Offer

Resume, LinkedIn, and the Interview: The Recipe for a Job Offer
From Recruiter - February 27, 2017

I bet you have heard time and time again how important it is to have a unique resume, a breathtaking LinkedIn profile, and knock-your-socks-off interviewing skills. When it comes to finding a job, these three ingredients are all you need.

I want you to visualize something delicious, like brownies. Betty Crocker makes things pretty easy for us. You add water, vegetable oil, and an egg. But what happens if you leave out just one ingredient? The brownies are ruined!

The same thing happens if you neglect your resume, LinkedIn profile, or interviewing skills. Each ingredient plays an equally important role in the creation of your end productthat is, a job offer!

Ingredient No. 1:The Resume

Although all the ingredients are necessary, the resume is going to be the main one. A well-written, well-crafted, and fully optimized resume is going to set you apart from your competition. Plus, itsnearly impossible to apply for jobs without a resume.

- Well-Written:The content of your resume should be grammatically correct. An amazing tool that can help you with all things grammar isGrammarly. It is a completely free app that I personally wish I had during school! Kids these days have all the cool tools.

- Well-Crafted:When I say well-crafted, Iam referring to the resumes formatting, design, font, color, etc. Make sure that your resume is not over the top, unprofessional, or obnoxious to the reader. A crisp, clean, and professional resume is veryeasy to write, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines.

- Fully Optimized:This is an areain which most resumes are lacking. By now, youve likely heard of applicant tracking systems (ATS). These are software platforms that companies use to scan resumes and rank them based on their content. If you have the right keywords on your resume, you rank highly. If you dont, you rank lowly.

Incorporating the right keywords into your resume can be tricky, so if you arent an experienced resume writer, I would recommend contacting a professional. If you want to give it a try on your own, start by learning about how to use the right resume keywords.

Ingredient No. 2: TheLinkedIn Profile

If you dont have a LinkedIn profile, dont worry! Its not too late to create one. Trust me: So many people are underutilizing their LinkedIn profiles that it will be easy to catch up. With the right guidance, you can craft an all-starLinkedIn profile that will play a huge rolein landing your next job.

If you already have a LinkedIn profile, you might not bein a much better position than the person who is just now creating one, so it may be helpful for everyone to take a look at the ways in which LinkedIn can be useful for your job hunt:

Networking:

Networking is one of LinkedIns most important uses. After all, it is a social networking platform. One great thing about LinkedIn is that you can connect with friends of friends (seconddegree connections) and friends of friends of friends (third degree connections).

You can also use LinkedIn to join all sorts of groups to find people with common interests. If you love cooking, singing, sports, or golf, you can find a group for it!



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