I bet you have heard time and time again how important it is to have a unique resume, breathtaking LinkedIn profile, and knock your socks off interviewing skills. When it comes to receiving a job offer, these three ingredients are all you need.
I want you to visualize something delicious. Let’s say, brownies! Betty Crocker makes things pretty easy for us. You add water, vegetable oil, and an egg. Now, what happens if you leave out just one tiny ingredient? The brownies are ruined! The same thing happens if you neglect your resume, LinkedIn, or Interviewing skills.
Each ingredient plays an equally important role in the creation of your end product – a job!
Ingredient #1 – Resume
Although all ingredients are necessary, the resume is going to be the main one. A well written, well crafted, and fully optimized resume is going to set you apart from your competition. Not to mention, it’ll be nearly impossible to begin applying for jobs without a resume.
You might be asking yourself, “what do you mean well written?” This simply means that the content you include in your resume should be grammatically correct. An amazing tool that can be downloaded to your browser to help with all things grammar is called Grammarly. It’s a completely free app that I wish I had during school! Kids these days have all the cool tools.
A well-crafted resume in this situation refers to the formatting, design, font, color, etc. Make sure that your resume is not over the top, unprofessional, or obnoxious to the reader. A crisp, clean, and professional resume is very achievable. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out Professional Resume Style - Headers, Fonts, & Themes.
This is the area that most resumes are lacking. Hopefully, you have heard of an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) by now. If you haven’t, it is a computer program that scans resumes and ranks them based on their content. In other words, if you have the right keywords on your resume, you rank high. If you don’t, you guessed it; you rank low.
This part can be a little bit tricky, so if you aren’t an experienced resume writer, I would recommend contacting a professional. However, if you want to give it a try on your own, learn How To Use Resume Keywords When Applying For Jobs.
Ingredient #2 – LinkedIn Profile
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, don’t worry! It’s not too late to create one. Trust me, so many people are underutilizing their LinkedIn that it will be easy to catch up. With the right guidance, you will have an All-Star LinkedIn profile that will play a huge factor in landing your next job offer. If you already have a LinkedIn, you probably aren’t in a much better position than the person who is just now creating one. So, what is LinkedIn good for anyways? A few different things.
- Networking is a key factor to LinkedIn. After all, it is a “Social Networking” platform. You can only know so many people personally. The great thing about LinkedIn is that you can connect with friends of friends (2nd-degree connections). Or friends of friends of friends (3rd-degree connections).
- You can join all sorts of groups to find people with common interests. If you love golf, there are a ton of golf groups. If you love cooking, singing, or sports, you can also find groups for that!
- Learn how to network like a pro by reading this article on LinkedIn Networking.
- LinkedIn makes it easy to search and apply for jobs. With a complete LinkedIn profile, you can easily apply to many jobs without having to fill out a job application. You simply click the “Apply with LinkedIn” button, and the job application is complete.
- It’s not uncommon for hiring managers and recruiters to post jobs on LinkedIn. It is the most common social network for business professionals and the best place to publicize open positions. Staying active on LinkedIn and frequently checking your news feed can really pay off for your job search.
- Who doesn’t love to increase their own credibility? In a perfect world, no one would ever doubt your credibility. But unfortunately, that’s not the case. A very common practice for recruiters or hiring managers is to check out your LinkedIn profile after you apply for a job. They want to make sure what is being said on your resume lines up with your LinkedIn profile. They also want to find out any additional information about you that they can.
- Credibility starts with a great looking LinkedIn. An unfinished LinkedIn could make you look lazy. A poorly worded LinkedIn could make you come off as unintelligent. A silly photo could make you seem unprofessional. Avoid all of these problems by reading 19 Essential LinkedIn Profile Tips For Job Seekers.
Ingredient #3 – Interviewing Skills
Being a great interviewer is arguably one of the most important skills you could possess during a job search. But all too often I see great interviewers, who aren’t even given a chance to interview. This is the worst! And that’s why we have listed interviewing skills last. Although important, it’s even more important to be able to receive interviews. Otherwise, you will never have your chance to shine. Being a great interview takes dedication and practice. It does not take a particular personality, college degree, or anything like that. Anybody who puts in the time and effort to practice their interviewing skills can become a pro.
I guarantee that if you read each and every question/answer to the article 50 Top Job Interview Questions And Answers you will be 10x more prepared for your interview than before. Don’t let your hard-earned interview go to waste. Be prepared to convert 100% of your interview into offers. This is truly possible by taking the time to read the articles above.
At the end of the day, it’s important that you remember these simple, yet vital ingredients. Your resume, LinkedIn profile, and interviewing skills when combined, will make one heck of a job offer.