Friday, August 22, 2008

A caveat to using LinkedIn as a job-search tool

Talk to me about your job search for more than 5 minutes, and you'll know that I'm a big fan of LinkedIn. Essentially, your L.I. profile can become your on-line resume, which is great! At the same time, doesn't that mean that your profile should follow the same guidelines as your resume?

As a resume writer, I strongly discourage job seekers to include their picture on the resume. That just makes sense, right? But what about your L.I. profile? Should that also exclude your picture? I tend to think it does but with all of the technology offerings that are out there today, it's going to be difficult to remain as anonymous as a traditional resume allows. (Don't even get me started on the ...$!%#@... video resume!)

My recommendation is that job seekers omit pictures from their profiles but instead, make sure the profile is as strong as possible - lots of accomplishments and as many endorsements as possible. My friend and LinkedIn coach, April Williams, recommends that anyone concerned about posting their picture to a worldwide audience chooses a group photo instead. I love this idea!

In a perfect world, we wouldn't have to worry about this at all, but that's an entirely different topic for a different day!

1 comment:

Christy LaVanway said...

Hi there! i couldn't agree with you more on the potential negatives of having a video resume. I just got back from the OnRec Conference and I think the whole industry is still considering the pros and cons. Great blog... I'll keep following your comments!

Christy LaVanway (iwantawebume)
Personal Branding & Websites for Job Seekers