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LinkedIn: a virtual tool to expatiate
How to use it to write things you can’t on the resume
It can be very overwhelming to want to write more in your resume and can’t because you ran out of space. We’ve all been there, with the words on the tip of our fingers and with no more blank space to write, do we have another option? We sure do! LinkedIn, one of the most famous pages to make virtual work relationships gives us that opportunity.
This famous site that has been around for over a decade, not only allows us to embody the best version of our resumes, but it also lets us include information that at first sight might seem insignificant, but if you give it another look, it might end up being very attractive and can help you generate better contacts by giving your resume a different approach.
Just imagine yourself as a business owner looking for a specific candidate, you already know what characteristic the worker should have, but you don’t know how to have a fully accurate view of the person. All of a sudden LinkedIn appears and tells you: “look, here are some candidates you might be interested in, check their profiles and see if their qualifications adapt to what you’re looking for”. You go to the site, and you find out that these people have much more to them than just a title; you see where they volunteered, get an idea of what their values are, etc.
How to add valuable details to LinkedIn?
The first step is to think about highlights in your life that define you and can complement your resume, maybe things you left out because there were more relevant things yet to include. Whoever visits your profile will only see it once, so make sure you strikingly introduce your profile to the viewers in an interesting and well-presented way.
There are more than 15 sections where you can leave a clear idea of your professional profile; these will help you optimize your LinkedIn profile and truly use the resources the page offers you. Now, we’ll talk about those sections you might’ve thought weren’t important, but can be incredibly helpful to create a stunning virtual resume.
- Volunteering Experience: The things you socially support show what your inner interest are, those interests that represent your ideals and your life slogan.
Recruiters often appreciate these experiences (having them can even increase your chances up to 20%); the fact that you’ve actually made things happen makes you a proactive candidate, and if you’re interested in being a volunteer, people can get in touch with you.
- Honors & Awards: These titles give you credibility and endorse what you’ve done throughout your work and academic life. Additionally, these honors or awards don’t have to relate to the field you’re pursuing; even two completely different areas will have characteristics that unite them, and these are exactly the things that will give you more credit and opportunities.
- Courses: Multitasking workers are what companies want today; the more skills you have, the more you’ll be able to deliver, especially if what you learned relates to your professional vision, even if it’s indirectly.
- Causes you care about: Many companies support different causes anonymously. If the company that reviews your profile shares those interests with you, they might consider you immediately. Moreover, these causes might be related to the company’s vision, so it’s even better.
- Publications: Have you written something relevant? If so, this is the place where to publish it; it can be an article in a magazine or newspaper, a virtual book, etc. It’s interesting to learn how the words you write can show a lot of who you are, even if they are about something very different.
- Test Scores: This is not something that is useful for everyone in the community, however it does help those who were best in their class or had outstanding academic grades, as it’ll allow them to show the results of their effort and be recognized for it.