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8 Things Your Social Media Resume Should Have

4/17/2012 1:51:09 PM

8 Things Your Social Media Resume Should Include Your Social Media Resume
By Erin Kennedy, Certified Professional Resume Writer

You’ve likely heard of social media. You probably have a Facebook account and you may even use Twitter on a regular basis. If you’re really social media savvy, then you might have bought into the Pinterest craze as well. But do you know which social media website you should be on if you want to land a professional job that leads to a rewarding career?

If you said LinkedIn, kudos to you. You’re ahead of the game.

LinkedIn is the social media website for professionals. It’s where professionals go to network with each other, discuss business around the water cooler, secure their next position with a new company, and to close sales if they want to do business with other professionals.

Creating your LinkedIn profile is the first step. Your LinkedIn profile is your social media resume. It’s not a traditional resume in the traditional resume format. But it does contain all the same information that a traditional resume contains – or it should.

Your LinkedIn profile should have, at a minimum, the following information:

1. Name of present employer and your position/title
2. Previous employers and your positions/titles to at least 5-10 years back
3. Your contact information
4. Links to websites you own, manage, or contribute to
5. Links to online portfolios if you are a creative person
6. A well-written summary of your professional experience geared toward the position that you want to obtain
7. A list of associations and other organizations you are member of
8. Use of keywords that are searchable and that brand you within your niche

This is just a start. Think of your social media profiles as online calling cards. Other professionals will look at your profiles to get a glimpse of who you are and what you have to offer. Make it easy for them.

About the Author

Erin Kennedy, CPRW, CERW, BS/HR, is a Certified Professional & Executive Resume Writer/Career Consultant, and the President of Professional Resume Services, Inc., home to some of the best resume writers on the planet. She is a nationally published writer and contributor of 10+ best-selling career books. She has achieved international recognition following yearly nominations and wins of the prestigious T.O.R.I. (Toast of the Resume Industry) Award. Erin has written thousands of resumes for executives and professionals.

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