Our Women at Calendly Belonging Group recently held a LinkedIn and resume writing workshop where subject matter experts and Calendly recruiters joined forces to help our teammates improve their personal brand. We had the opportunity to share some tips on how to build out a LinkedIn Profile that really stands out as well as share some tips on how to use LinkedIn as a living resume. As a bonus outcome, a collective group of professional, working women, were able to connect and share our career goals and learn from one another!
If you’re planning on job searching as your 2023 resolution, or just looking to spruce up your LinkedIn profile, I’m sharing some helpful tips from our session as a resource for those looking for some inspiration. While I firmly believe that there are no rules when it comes to recruiting and you should do what is best for you, here are five tips I shared with the group to help them with their Linkedin profile & resume.
1. Focus on your accomplishments and impact, not your tasks.
Most recruiters and hiring managers know the day-to-day tasks associated with the roles they’re hiring for. What they really want to know is what impact you had in the role and what your accomplishments were. If you’re in a sales/quota driven role, be sure to include your key KPIs that will help you stand out as a candidate. Additionally, including numbers and metrics that show measurable outcomes will show the significance of your work.
2. Treat your LinkedIn profile as your living resume.
More and more today, recruiters and hiring managers are leaning into LinkedIn profiles during their recruiting process. While it can seem arduous to update your resume regularly, it’s quite easy to update your profile easily. By doing this, it will make it easier when it comes time to update your actual resume as you can just refer to your LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn profile is also a great way to share any published work you want to share.
3. Cover letters aren’t necessary.
It doesn’t hurt to write one, but don’t feel like you have to. They aren’t a make-or-break part of the recruiting process anymore. Also, it’s so common for a candidate to submit one and forget to change the name of the company and/or the hiring manager’s name. To avoid that blunder, it’s best to leave the cover letter out of the process if you can.
4. An overview on resume overviews.
At one point in time, the overview on your resume was where you wrote your elevator pitch - “Experienced recruiter looking for a role in a fast paced environment, etc.”. Now it’s more common to see bullet points listing experience with a certain tech stack, soft skills, key metrics or KPIs a candidate wants to focus on. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong either way and it probably depends on the role and or company you’re applying to.
5. Things you definitely should consider not including.
There are some basic things that really serve no purpose on your resume. The reason for that is that they typically have nothing to do with your ability to do a job and can often open up a door for bias in the recruiting process. Some of these things include - a picture, personal details such as hobbies, and your full address (city, state is fine).