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Professional Confessional

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TIP: Update Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

Don’t miss the opportunity to highlight the skills you developed during your summer internship! Before you get too far removed from your internship, you’ll want to update your resume by highlighting the new skills developed and projects accomplished during the experience. A resume plays an important role in the hiring process for internships and jobs.  Often, the resume is the first impression an employer receives on you.  So, you want to market your professional brand and skills to potential employers.  If you kept a journal, review it for specific skills and tasks completed on key projects.  It will help guide what you want emphasize on your resume.  Remember, you want to highlight skills relevant to the internship or job to which you are applying.  A position’s job description is another great reference when updating your resume.  Review the job description for sought-after skills and highlight the skills you possess on your resume.  It is not uncommon to have a few different resumes to match each position you wish to receive an interview.  You want to be the qualified person employers are searching for in a candidate.

Similar to your resume, your LinkedIn profile can be a first impression of you. Did you know that when you Google your name your LinkedIn profile is one of the top ten links found on you?  Use your resume to update your LinkedIn profile with the skills and projects obtained during your internship.  This will ensure your profile matches your resume.  LinkedIn is not only your online resume, but a resource for connecting and networking with alumni and employers.  If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, learn more by viewing the video below.

For assistance, come by the Office of Personal and Career Development during resume review hours to receive tips and advice on your resume and LinkedIn profile.  Review hours are: Monday through Thursday 1 – 4 p.m.  Exceptions: extended hours 1 – 5 p.m. on September 17; and no reviews on September 2 and November 27-28. The last day of reviews for the semester will be December 5.

Visit the Career Development website for additional information and tips on resumes and LinkedIn.

Category: Professional Development

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