By Brenda Bernstein
The Essay Expert
Are you an online job seeker? If so, I have some important recommendations for you.
Here are my top 4:
- Have a 100% complete profile on LinkedIn.
- Fill out all the information on your Facebook profile completely, and post only professionally appropriate photos.
- Maintain a Twitter account with your first and last name as your Twitter handle (eg. @JaneJones).
- Post your resume online and link to it from all the above accounts.
Who recommends this four-pronged strategy? At least one highly successful recruiter, Shally Steckerl of Arbita, Inc. EVP, who presented to a group of career professionals at a Career Directors International annual conference. I was there and I was convinced.
Issues to Consider When Posting
Before posting your resume online, consider privacy issues. You probably do not want to post your home address details to the entire world. City and state will suffice. You may or may want to make your phone number available to the public. (In my opinion, a public phone number is a relatively low risk and will allow recruiters to contact you.)
For an email address, consider creating a designated email for your job search and use that one on your resume. You will then cut down on any spam and you’ll be able to keep all your job-search related emails in one place, with a low risk of having them get lost amongst other messages.
How do you post your resume online?
There are many ways, and I will suggest just a few here:
- Post it on Google docs. Here’s an article from SimplyHired that does a great job of explaining how. You might need to change your Google Docs view to the old version of Google Docs if you can’t figure out some of these instructions, or you might be able to translate the instructions to the new version.
- Post it on Indeed.com. Indeed is a highly recommended job posting site, free to both you and employers who post jobs there. If you post your resume, you will be given a URL for your resume page. The cool thing about indeed.com is that you will get a resume Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS’s) can read! You can then save it as a.pdf and use it to apply to other jobs that use ATS software.
- Create a website. The Essay Expert can help you with this. You can have a page with your resume and link to it from your other social media profiles. By the way, if you’re reading this article and haven’t done so already, you should go ahead and purchase the domain name for your first and last name or some version of it! Be ready with the domain so when you want to create your website you can do it.
- Attach it to your LinkedIn profile. First download the application Box.net and then you will be able to upload your resume. The resume will then be available to people who visit your LinkedIn profile.
Following the above recommendations will set you up to be successful with your online job search.