Looking For a New Job? This Is Your Homework for Labor Day…

This summer I’ve gotten a lot of “Kelly, will you look at my resume and tell me what it needs?”  That question for me is much like this book…it’s never just about your resume.

Yes, I will look at your resume.  And I always preface “Yes I will” with, “put on your big person pants because I’m going to talk with you and not use a filter”.  I use a filter most of the time, but when it comes to resumes, it’s easier if I just say exactly what I think.  If you are asking anyone to help you with your resume, ask them to be direct and skip the whole “I don’t want to hurt your feelings” crap. This is how you present yourself to the rest of the world, you need to know what works and what doesn’t.  And keep in mind resumes are subjective. It’s okay to have more than one version and certainly okay to run it by more than one “expert”. Save every version and figure out what you like and what works best.

Please don’t send me, or your friend, your resume as an attachment.  Email and I have a love/hate relationship.  It’s a necessary evil but I’m inundated with it.  The better route to go? Create a Google document and share your resume with me.  I can easily post questions to you, make edits, we can “chat” within the document and really get you up and rolling so much faster than passing the .doc back and forth via Outlook.  And you can dowload that Google doc to Word or PDF format very easily.  And if you don’t have a Google account, now is the perfect time to get one, don’t do a stupid username like HotSoccerMom but one that you can use for your new Gmail account you’re going to set up and use for your jobsearch.  And now that we’ve conquered all of the resume jazz, let’s talk about LinkedIn.

If you have not built a LinkedIn profile, do it.  If you just finished your resume, upload it.  That quickly populates your profile and even better, contains a lot of the keywords recruiters will use to find you. If you built a profile and haven’t updated it in ages, update it.  Worried about your connections seeing what you’re doing? Turn them off for a while.  You can control your activity broadcasts here – and it’s something LinkedIn actually suggests.  Link not working for you? Sign in to LinkedIn, visit your settings and you’ll find “activity broadcasts” under privacy controls. And make your profile public.  That way if a recruiter is searching for candidates on Google, your profile will appear. And yes, network, connect, join some groups.  Connect to friends, neighbors, co-workers, former co-workers and make sure you get a recruiter or two.  I could probably talk to jobseekers for 8 hours on how to really use the site to their advantage, but that’s for another time.  Because now we have to think about Facebook.

Update your Facebook profile.  Include your work information on your info page.  Add your resume to your notes section.  Let your friends know you’re looking.  Friends with your boss? Better visit your privacy settings first or be selective in what you share, i.e. don’t post “I need a new job” if you’re friends with your boss.  Not the way to get a decent reference if you need one.  Make sure you check in on the Marketplace for job postings.  Recruiters post there because they can for free.  Most times when I get to this step with job seekers they are adamant they are not job hunting on Facebook because that’s their personal life.  I’m fine with that, just saying it’s an option.  Just like Twitter.

Build a Twitter account? That’s your call.  I like Twitter. You can definitely search it for job posts and follow companies you’re interested in working for.  Will it have the highest return on your time investment? I’m not so sure.  But it’s a good place to engage and get referrals.  I pass on many a contract sourcing job through Twitter because the response is so much quicker than when I post on LinkedIn.  You can create lists of your peers, companies you’re interested in and really gain a lot of incredible real time information.  And now that you’ve done all that, it’s time to go back to Google.

Back to Google? Yes. Back to Google.  Because you’ve used Docs to edit and rebuild your resume, and created a Gmail account for your access to all things Google and to use as a hub for your job search emails.  Now you need to build your Google + profile.  This is your hub.  It’s a site that’s free for recruiters to search.  You’ll want to upload all of your pertinent professional information, link to your other social network sites and if you’re really savvy, create a link to your resume in .pdf format.  Need an invite because you’re new to Google? Let me know and I’ll help you out.

Too much? It is a lot.  But once you do it, very easy to maintain.  Got questions? Hit me with them in the comments below…I’m happy to help.

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Kelly Dingee
Kelly Dingee is a Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition for Marriott International. She has extensive sourcing experience having worked for Staffing Advisors (retained search), AIRS (training!) and Thales Communications, Inc., (cleared/telecom) and got her start in the profession while a full life cycle recruiter at Acterna (now known as Viavi). Lucky for Kelly, she had a boss who could see the potential of sourcing candidates from the web, and in 1998, she stepped into a newly created sourcing role. No truth to the rumor that she has a side business to help you push your resume to the top of Google search results…


  1. HRMargo says:

    Normally, I handle the people in the HireFriday with kid gloves; however, the fact is some people need a hug, and others need a swift kick in the pants. Kelly, what you say here is right on the money. I love, love, love this post.
    Good work,
    Margo Rose
    Social Media Recruiter, Jackson
    Founder of HireFriday and HFChat

  2. Sam Higgins says:

    2 other tips for folks that I have found:
    1. Utilize SlideShare to host a copy of your resume. Once you have your resume in .PDF format. Before you upload, title the file “Firstname Lastname Resume.” This will allow anyone to easily view/download a live hosted version of your resume. Slideshare also has great SEO juice so depending on how common your name is you can start taking top positions for searches for “your name” or “your name + resume.” I have incidentally gotten ~250 passive views of my resume since I posted it a few months ago with no promotion.
    2. Use a url shortening account, such as Budurl.com, to create a persistent shortened URL to your resume (on slideshare, Gdocs, etc). Always use this url to distribute your resume, and always let people know the most recent version can be found there. That way you can update the resume whenever you like and whoever has the link will have the latest and greatest. Also, the analytics on the back-end of Budurl etc will allow you to see how many times the link is being clicked and when. In some cases, you can even see the referring domain and tell which companies have been checking out your resume (if it is a company with its own network it will often show up right there in the domain). Interesting stuff if you send out a round of speculative emails with your resume or want to see if you are getting traction within a company you are targeting.

  3. Kellydingee says:

    Thanks Margo…
    Hey Sam,
    I agree with your suggestions…thanks for bringing them up…

  4. John Michel says:

    Kelly, I couldn’t agree more that it’s vital to put a good deal of work into building your resume and your social media presence. Today’s hiring managers are exercising every avenue they possibly can to find candidates – and the way to deal with this is to make sure you put your best foot forward on every front.

  5. I like your blog. I do agree with this information. It is also important that we must update our linkedin & twitter profile & should come in eyes of recruiters. Thanks for sharing this blog with us.

  6. i added your blog to my bookmark haha!

  7. I’m really excited about my latest project. I worked on it all day Sunday, even though I had loads of laundry and lesson planning to do! But it was worth it. I made a book to teach kids the right and wrong ways to handle books.

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