LinkedIn: Start Building Your Online Resume
Let’s face it, we’re all paranoid when it comes to finding a job in a few months or a year or two down the road. Hell, you almost need to take a class to learn all the in’s and out’s of resume writing.
With all this Web 2.0 business going on, someone has invented a Resume 2.0. LinkedIn serves as a resume and networking hub for any user savvy enough to sign up.
When you first log in to LinkedIn, you create your own profile. Think of it as a professional version of MySpace or Facebook: you get to write about yourself for others to see. Once you’ve completed your profile, you can provide potential employers a link to your profile when you send them your resume.
A notable feature is also the ability to get recommendations from past employers, if your past employers happen to a) want to give you a recommendation and b) are on the LinkedIn.
For any senior who’s worrying about securing a job shortly after graduation, LinkedIn will be necessary; it will set you apart from other people vying for the same job. But if you aren’t going to graduate soon, it gives you an excuse to egotistically write about yourself for a good 30 minutes or so. Check out my LinkedIn profile that I whipped up while sipping a divine latte this morning.
Get yourself a job: LinkedIn