By Jane Jackson
LinkedIn has been busy rolling out multiple new features in 2020 to help job seekers to build their brand on this platform to make applying for jobs, getting noticed by hiring managers & recruiters, and preparing for job interviews easier.
Let’s take a look at my favourite 4 features for job seekers that LinkedIn has added recently – some of them are VERY exciting, others are definitely worth experimenting with.
2. The Build a Resume Feature
This is handy LinkedIn feature if you don’t have a resume and decide to create your LinkedIn profile first. I have no idea why anyone would do things in that order, but assuming you do, then LinkedIn’s Build a Resume feature makes it easy for you.
What’s handy about it is that it pulls all your LinkedIn information within seconds into a document that is already formatted into a resume. Yes, within SECONDS! I tried it out and ended up with an 11 page document which is far too long and required a huge amount of culling to get it succinct enough for a resume! Remember this:
A RESUME IS A SYNOPSIS OF YOUR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS THAT IS RELEVANT TO THE READER.
So I suggest you try it out and then spend time tailoring it to suit the job to which you wish to apply. It needs to attract the attention of the screener and have the right key words so that you’re a good match.
3. Job Interview Preparation Feature
Now THIS new LinkedIn feature is truly wonderful for job seekers as it guides you, step-by-step to prepare for job interviews and provides the opportunity for you to record yourself.
You can watch how you did and also send the recording to your career coach to critique and provide feedback. In fact, you can send the recording to anyone you’re connected to on LinkedIn who is willing to give you feedback!
I know you might feel a bit shy about recording yourself but if you get used to seeing yourself on camera, and you become comfortable with speaking to a webcam, it’ll be good for you when you have your video job interviews via Zoom or Microsoft Teams or whatever your recruiter or hiring manager may schedule for you.
For a step-by-step guide to this feature click here