Summer is synonymous with vacations, road trips, and getting away with the family. But, guess what: jobs take vacations, too, which means that June, July and August are ideal months to update your résumé and make your LinkedIn profile more searchable and compelling.
Most companies have already committed their recruiting budget well before Memorial Day arrives and hiring managers have put their candidate searches on hold, except for temporary, entry-level, and minimum wage positions. Company executives have shifted their attention to analyzing business trends and preparing early drafts of 4th Quarter strategies to meet the annual plan. So, use this seasonal recruiting downtrend to solidify your candidate marketing by making your résumé more achievement-driven and Applicant Tracking Software-friendly. Add new skills you’ve acquired, include new professional development you’ve experienced, and insert those certifications you’ve earned. Challenge yourself to extend every single job function you have listed into an impact it had on your company, clients, or industry. Replace your laundry list of “things you do” with achievements you’ve made.
Shift your LinkedIn profile into high gear by creating a headline that tells readers WHAT role you’re in, WHO you help, HOW you make organizations better, and give PROOF that you are credible IN ONE LINE! Does your profile photo need updating? Does your Summary tell your personal brand story? Is your Experience in synch with what’s on your résumé? How about getting some more Recommendations and looking for new Groups to join and, most importantly, participating in? Are your Skills up-to-date to make you a player in the hidden job market? How about setting-up some Google Alerts to email yourself daily articles in your niche so you can post them with your comments, opinions, and insight?