On September 27, 2018, Dr. Fullick-Jagiela, Associate Professor and Chair of the Management Department at Quinnipiac University held a workshop to teach the SHRM@QU members how to properly use LinkedIn and how to perfect their resumes. The following are her top five tips from the workshop:
1. When on LinkedIn make sure to like, comment, and share various articles about the field that you are looking to enter. This is a good opportunity to contribute to the conversation and get noticed by your connections. If you are looking for a job in a specific field, that is also the change to target your posts towards that particular area of business.
2. When considering if you should accept an invitation on LinkedIn ask yourself first if you know them. If you know the person who is trying to connect it is okay to accept. If someone who you have not met or spoken to adds you on LinkedIn, unless they send a message about why they want to connect with you, consider the connection. It isn’t about the quantity of connections, but the quality of connections.
3. When you look at your profile on LinkedIn ensure that you have a professional headshot, and an accurate tagline. If you are actively looking for a job, your tagline should include this. Otherwise, the tagline can be your position in an organization.
4. When adding relevant courses to your resume, tailor these to fit the position you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a position under compensation, include the Compensation and Benefits course. Make sure to only list courses you finished strong in and are those that you are confident about your knowledge.
5. Always look at the job description when writing your version of the resume for the specific application. Use the applicable keywords that the organization has in the job description in your resume to ensure that you make it through the resume screen. Always make sure your formatting is clean, professional, and that you have no typos!