It was a small but enthusiastic group who gathered at Qualcomm to listen to Qualcomm Staffing Specialist Vivian Smith present tips on networking, using LinkedIn and creating a winning resume. Ms. Smith was energetic and very personable and had provided some great information.
She pointed out that everyone you know is in your network and that you currently have a large enough network to find a job. Contacts can be business associates, former co-workers, friends, family or teachers. As with any sort of networking, when looking for a job you need to put yourself out there and let people know you are looking for a position. You may get turned down, often politely, but each attempt is more practice.
Using LinkedIn is a great way to make connections; after all, that was it original purpose. Make sure your profile is current, includes an appropriate profile picture and if you are looking for a job, make sure that your jobs preferences are set correctly. LinkedIn isn’t the only social media site recruiters and managers look at when seeking candidates. Make sure your virtual presence is clean and professional. If it’s on the Internet, it will be seen by potential employers.
A resume is the vehicle used to get you a job interview. There are some unbreakable rules of resume writing. No typos, use proper grammar and do not lie are a few. Keep the resume to 1-2 pages and don’t make the resume too dense, busy or cute. Don’t include a cover letter unless it is requested, especially when submitting a resume through an automated system. Include both paid and unpaid experiences, if they are relevant to the job you are applying for and if you have a gap in your resume, address it; you will be asked about it in an interview.
So the session was very helpful. All of us will dig deeper into LinkedIn and review resumes, even if we aren’t currently looking for a position. It’s always better to be ready than scramble at the point of need.