Hello all, and Happy Summer Solstice!
With another year gone by, you have another year of experiences and accomplishments under your belt, and with that comes the opportunity to beef up your resume!
Personally, I’ve been getting really into LinkedIn since I started a profile for my Business Communications class two semesters ago. It’s an accessible, simple way to organize and display your experiences as they pertain to your professional goals and endeavors. And better yet, it’s designed to ensure you’re (literally!) making connections with others. (Anyone new or unfamiliar to LinkedIn? A “friend” is to Facebook as a “connection” is to LinkedIn.)
Now that you’ve spent another year’s worth of activities and jobs at school, this summer break is an opportune time to update your profile!
Tips and tricks? You know I’ve got ’em!
Updating Your Resume
1.) Make note along the way!
Even though I highly recommend updating along the way, you may not be the kind of person to update immediately. In that case, make note of new jobs, awards, publications, projects etc. along the way for when you do update!
When given the chance to describe your experience, award, etc. on LinkedIn, make sure you’re giving a brief, yet thorough and accurate description. But even more importantly, connect everything back to your professional goals! Describe your new job in a way that shows how this job is another steppingstone on your way to being who you want to be.
3.) Find the line between professional and personal.
While your LinkedIn profile should first and foremost be professional, appropriate and honest, it should also be a reflection of who you are. What will you bring to the table when you enter into the workforce post-grad?
Now let’s get down to business!