We’ve curated personal branding resources for updating your LinkedIn profile and your resume. Watch this Youtube playlist full of personal branding advice, LinkedIn tips, and Resume advice. And read on below for more LinkedIn profile advice and tips for keeping a technical resume on point.
Best Practices for Refreshing Your LinkedIn
Update Your LinkedIn Profile Photo
Go for a professional photo since this isn’t Tinder or Instagram. Use PhotoFeeler for feedback on it.
Keep Your Credibility Intact
Do this by regularly updating your skills, licenses, certifications, and endorsements.
Follow the Right People
Curate your network thoughtfully so it boosts your visibility. Connections with relevant people are immensely helpful.
Check out LinkedIn’s “Top Voices” lists as a great starting point for adding more insights to your feed. When you comment on a popular post, your network is more likely to see it in their feeds.
- LinkedIn Top Voices: Technology
- LinkedIn Top Voices: Data Science and AI
- LinkedIn Top Voices: Design
- LinkedIn Top Voices: Small Business & Entrepreneurship
- LinkedIn Top Voices: Equity in the Workplace
- LinkedIn Top Voices: Job Search & Careers
- LinkedIn Top Voices: Global Influencers
- LinkedIn Top Voices: U.S. Influencers
- LinkedIn Top Voices: India Influencers
Don’t Hesitate to Engage
Share, like, and comment on topics you are passionate about. This will increase your visibility and position you as someone who cares.
Optimize the About Me section
Add storytelling elements for engagement and keywords for search-ability. Make sure a summary of your career and expectations is coming through clearly.
Solicit Recommendations on LinkedIn
These can come from mentors, teachers, and bosses with whom you’ve worked in the past.
Talk About Things that Matter
Talk about your passions, what your ambitions are, why you have them, and what you are doing to fulfill them.
Bring in Your Multi-Dimensionality
Include volunteer work and any volunteer organizations you are associated with. Hiring managers appreciate this side of the candidate sometimes.
Best Practices for Improving Your Technical Resume
Optimize Your Resume for Application Tracking System (ATS) Bots
By adding relevant keywords because computers will read your resume before humans.
Make Your Resume Easily Readable by NOT Cramming in Keywords
It should be machine-readable and also human-readable.
Use One-Liner Bullet Points Instead of Long Paragraphs
Highlight important keywords or numbers.
Add Links to Your Social Media Profiles
LinkedIn and GitHub are especially good for development-related jobs.
Add Performance Figures in the Form of Numbers
Quantifying your achievements will increase credibility.
Read the Job Description and Match the Resume to the Job
Highlight past assignments relevant to the description
Create a Concise 2-Page Resume
Be specific to the requirements of the job you’re applying for.
Highlight Achievements and Skills in a Visible Section
Else, they are as good as lost amidst all the other information.
like PMP, ScrumMaster, etc.It establishes a solid foundation for the skills you mention.
Keep it Short and Crisp
Don’t bold every other skill. Avoid too many distractions as Hiring Manager already knows what to look out for.