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Debra Wheatman, President of Careers Done Write, provides expert insight to the job search process that puts your career in gear with tips for interviewing, networking, job search strategies and how to create a winning résumé and cover letter.

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7:00AM

Presentations on LinkedIn

Dear Deb:

How do I add my presentations to my LinkedIn profile?  I don’t see a category for presentations.

Thank you!

Louise

Dear Louise:

As of today, LinkedIn does not have a category for presentations.  However, the closest match for that information is the publications section.  Add any major presentations that are related to your career.  Major presentations may include speeches at industry conferences and academic symposiums.  Another place to highlight major presentations is in the profile section, where you could say something like, “Delivered multiple presentations at international scientific conferences.” If the forum is well-known you would mention that name as well.

Wishing you all the best!

Deb

6:01AM

Branding Help: Transitioning from a Military Career to a Civilian Career

The military culture is well-defined, and members are entrenched in the culture. Often, there is a military or civilian way of thinking. Naturally, when separating from the military individuals may feel unsure or uncomfortable about their new identity. Learning how to brand yourself in a civilian work environment will make your professional transition much smoother and less stressful. 

Branding through Professional Development

Take advantage of services and programs available to veterans, such as training courses to facilitate the transition into a new career.  It may be a matter of refreshing skills or perhaps you want to pick up new skills to boost your marketability.  First, identify your career goal; next seek the training that fills any gaps in skills or knowledge.  Earning certifications, licenses, diplomas, and college degrees are a core part of your brand.

Branding through a Resume

Consider your skills, knowledge, and record of accomplishments. It is important to communicate those skills, knowledge, and accomplishments through the lens of your target employer. If you are targeting a corporation, articulate your values in corporate terminology rather than military jargon.  In the military, you probably received considerable training and performed in highly responsible roles.  So, it is a matter of relating those things in a way in which a corporate hiring manager can relate.  This is a major step forward in re-branding yourself during your transition from the military.

Branding through Social Media

In today’s job market, social media is a must.  There are two sides to the social media coin.   On one side, social media can lift your brand and help hiring employers to find you.  Sites such as LinkedIn are as important as a resume during a job search and throughout your career.  However, if you mismanage your social media presence, it can be a brand-burner.  Be sure that all aspects of your brand are consistent and promote you for the next stage in your career.  In transitioning from the military, pay special attention to the keywords that you feature and your overall choice of language  As you have on your resume, be careful to speak in civilian terms so you can connect with those hiring managers who are reviewing your LinkedIn page.

The Bottom Line

Transitioning from a military career to a civilian career is a big change. Re-branding yourself can expedite and facilitate this transition. Take advantage services available to veterans to assist with professional training.  Write your new resume and update your social media profiles to appeal to your new target audience.  These steps will help you build, manage, and maintain a compelling new brand.

6:00AM

Resume Help: Showing Skills & Education

Today’s candidate has the skills and education required to excel in a graphic design career.  His resume is holding him back for several reasons.   All of the items can be easily corrected.

1.)  Always use the actual name of the certificate or degree.  Instead of saying vocational certificate, state the actual program, such as “Certificate:  Graphic Design.”   For degrees, it is better to spell out the degree so that it is a hit for keyword searches.    Instead of “AA,” write “Associate of Arts:  Graphic Design.”

2.) Consistency is important on a resume.  It helps the reader navigate the documents quickly and it shows that you are an organized thinker.  This resume could be improved by presenting information in a consistent manner, such as order of data and capitalization.

3.) Resumes must be error-free.  Not all hiring employers will eliminate you, but if an employer has a surplus of candidates, errors could take you out of the running.   In this resume there were capitalization errors.

4.) Categorize your data.  This candidate has an array of artistic and technical skills, all of which are valuable in his field.   By separating the long list of skills into three sub-categories, it makes it easier for the reader to quickly scan the document and identify his skills.

On a resume it is the little things that matter a lot.  If a resume is not formatted properly and consistently, and if the resume contains simple errors , that can eliminate a candidate before the bigger things are considered.  Take time to create a logically-organized, error free, and consistent.  If you struggle with your resume, please contact me.  I would be happy to help you.