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LinkedIn vs. the Traditional Resume: Navigating the Crossroads of Career Evolution

Is LinkedIn emerging as the replacement for the traditional resume? Opinions vary — some argue in favor, while others remain skeptical. As a career coach, I try to navigate the middle ground. I don’t I believe it’s time to discard our resumes entirely as some fields are quicker to adopt than others but I do believe now is the right time to optimize our digital footprint.

Why is LinkedIn valuable?

In today’s job market, being connected is critical. LinkedIn makes connecting with professionals, recruiters, and potential employers easier in a more formal and business-oriented context. LinkedIn also provides a job search feature where you can find job postings and apply directly. It wouldn’t be a social media platform without an algorithm, would it? LinkedIn’s algorithm can suggest relevant job opportunities based on your profile and preferences. How do you make it work?

I get this question a lot, so here are five tips to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile:

Complete your profile

  • upload a professional photo

  • write a compelling headline that summarizes your professional identity

  • Provide a comprehensive and well-written summary

  • List your work experience, education, skills, and any relevant certifications

Customize Your Public Profile URL

  • Create a custom URL for your profile to make it easy to share

Optimize your Headline and Summary

  • Use keywords related to your industry and skills in your headline and summary to enhance searchability.

Build a Quality Network

  • Connect with colleagues, classmates, mentors, and professionals in your industry.

  • Personalize connection requests with a brief message, especially when connecting with people you haven’t met in person.

Engage with Content

  • Share relevant content, such as articles or industry news

  • Comment on and like posts from your connection to stay visible in their feeds.

Remember that consistency is key on LinkedIn. Updating your profile on a regular basis, engaging with your network, and being up to date on industry developments can all contribute to a more effective and powerful LinkedIn presence.

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