LinkedIn Booster tip 4

Show off your experience and qualifications

In previous tips I’ve talked about your professional photo, your headline and summary. But LinkedIn gives even more opportunities to show your experience and qualifications. Add your Education, starting with your university and after that, add other relevant education.

Who_you_areUnder the Experience section you add your work history. As a student or graduate you may not have that much work experience so list the jobs you’ve had, even if it was part time. Volunteer work is another important section especially if you don’t have so much work experience. Highlighting you volunteer experience in a skills-oriented way is a great. Volunteering shows employers that you are willing to try new experiences, that you are involved in your community and it generally demonstrates a willingness to take initiatives.

There is also a section called Honors & Awards. Even if you earned a price inside or outside school, don’t be shy, let the world know about it.

If you want to find out more about each tip, join our LinkedIn workshops in English or Swedish. Click on the link to see a list of all our career workshops http://futurefinder.mah.se/events

LinkedIn Booster tip 3

LinkedIn Booster Tip no. 3 – Your LinkedIn summary statement.

First impressions count and your LinkedIn Summary is the first opportunity a potential employer has to find out who you are beyond a photo and a job title. So, make the most those precious moments. Never leave the Summary section blank!! This is the first thing that people will read about you and so it worth spending some time getting right.
Summary

You have up to 2,000 characters to describe your background, and you want to get these keywords in here as much as possible. To start with, write 4 or 5 lines that is a summary of your skills, work, studies and your aspirations for the future. Share your accomplishments, everyone likes a good story. If you can grab some attention with something about yourself that we wouldn’t know from your resume bullets, you’re heading in the right direction.
directionGood luck with writing a compelling summary!

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LinkedIn Booster Tip 2

Hello again!

Here comes our Tip number 2. Today I will talk about your headline, a very important part and you soon find out why.
Most people are not optimizing this as much as they should and there are a number of subtle tricks you can do here. The headline is completely configurable and it’s your 120 characters to hook people finding you in a LinkedIn search. It should be about what you do as opposed to what you are.

When recruiters and hiring managers are looking for candidates they use different key words. Have a think of for what the key words are that you want to be found for.

Relate your headline to your past experience if this is relevant to the roles you are targeting for example financial services.

Which of the two headlines below do think is most relevant?
Headline 1

Headline 2
Tomorrow I will give you a tip about your LinkedIn Summary!

 

 

 

If you want to find out more about each tip, join our LinkeIn workshops in English or Swedish. Click on the link to see a list of all our career workshops http://futurefinder.mah.se/events

10 bästa tipsen för att få jobbet…

Det finns många aktörer ”där ute” som gärna vill hjälpa dig i att hitta jobbet. Här är ett exempel på en film som vi tycker är bra:

Vad är det då som ger dig möjligheten att tacka ja till ett arbete? Finns det ett enkelt svar? Career Learning Management – hur ser din lärprocess ut? Det tycker vi är intressant och fokuserar på när vi möter dig i olika karriäraktiveter på Malmö högskola.

Idagsläget upplever vi på Studier & karriär att studenter behöver utbilda sig i att skriva ett CV, hantera och förstå LinkedIn, förbereda sig inför jobbintervjun och nätverka professionellt. Det är upplägget för våra workshops under hösten. Fyra tillfälllen – thats it! Du väljer själv vilka och när. Smidigt, effektivt och utvecklande.

Fyra tillfällen och sedan flygfärdig…

Under höstterminen 2014 kommer vi att prova ett nytt koncept med fyra inriktningar på våra workshops:

1. Skriv ett säljande CV (3/9, 1/10, 27/10 och 26/11)

2. LinkedIn för studenter (10/9, 8/10, 5/11och 3/12)

Studenter

3. Spika jobbintervjun (17/9, 15/10, 12/11 och 10/12)

4. Nätverka professionellt (24/9, 22/10, 19/11 och 17/12)

Detta upplägg återkommer varje månad och erbjuds även på engelska. Fyra tillfällen – räcker det? Ja, vi vill optimera vår service och effektivisera för studenter vid Malmö högskola. Du väljer själv när men vi ser gärna att du börjar med CV-workshop. På fyra veckor kommer du att utveckla din förmåga att skriva CV, använda LinkedIn strategiskt, vara förberedd inför nästa intervju och nätverka professionellt. Du kan besöka en workshop i månaden under hösten och skaffa dig kunskap samt verktyg att hitta drömjobbet. Ja, komma så nära som möjligt i alla fall…

Fall Semester’s First English CV Workshop!

We held our first English CV Workshop for the fall semester yesterday afternoon. 15 motivated and driven students and alumni from various programmes attended the workshop, which made for a very interactive hour and a half!

A few interesting things that came up during our discussion are as follows:

  • Nuances of a Swedish CV — Photo or no photo, personal information or none? Unlike some other countries, it’s quite accepted to use a photo on a Swedish CV, as it is to include personal information. You must decide whether or not it’s something relevant and useful for you to include, it’s subjective!
  • Why should you include your LinkedIn link on your CV, doesn’t it include the same information as a CV? Aren’t you duplicating efforts? Your LinkedIn profile does include duplicate information to your CV, however, it gives the reader additional information that is not provided on your CV such as: recommendations/’references’, endorsements, groups you’ve joined, the breadth of your network, etc.
  • Shall I include my references on my CV? References have no business being found on a CV. Recruiters expect that job seekers are prepared to provide references when asked, and references should be provided on a separate document. You are only wasting precious space on your CV by including reference information on it, and you are only stating the obvious!

We are holding a cover letter workshop this afternoon, which makes for a good follow-up workshop to attend to this one. Additionally, we have CV video workshops coming up around the corner as well. If you would like to be ahead of the game when it comes to marketing yourself in today’s job market, then we highly suggest that you join us for our exciting upcoming workshops.

We, Annie and Peter at Careers Service, welcome your attendance!

Annie, Careers Service