Join Greg Call for an in-depth discussion in this video What's the value of a LinkedIn profile?, part of LinkedIn for Veterans (2016).
- I get that question a lot from service members especially transitioning service members on what's the difference between a resume and a LinkedIn profile. And you know what I always tell them is you know I take everybody every serious member that I'm mentoring as a transition through the resume building process. I think it's an essential process and you do need a resume to be successful in your transition. Because it allows you to tell your story and allows you get your story organized. But it does have some constraints a resume. A resume is great for one on one meeting with a person or an interview if you've made it that far in the process.
But in our world today it's very much driven by technology and so when you go these company websites and upload a resume if it's not meeting certain keywords you're not actually gonna be brought in for an interview for that job opportunity most likely. You know what you get with a LinkedIn profile is just much more robust service offerings. It's great and a few things I like to point out about LinkedIn that I think are outstanding is the first thing is passive recruiting. Recruiters and employers are on LinkedIn trying to find the exact talent that they want.
And almost every single Fortune 500 company now is targeting veterans which is great. So they're looking for you as veteran talent. Having a great LinkedIn profile will allow them to passively recruit you it's called on LinkedIn. And this is the weird situation where it's kinda cool because you get opportunities coming to you instead of you having to go find opportunities. So very unique in that way. Another thing is targeted networking you know we go through this in the course and I really you know asked you to pay attention to that in the course because it's important.
By just going and finding other veterans that work at a company that you're interested in or reaching out to a recruiter that's actually recruiting specific positions that you're interested in. These are the type of things that you can do on LinkedIn. Very easily it will allow you to connect with opportunity easier. The last thing I wanted to mention is if you're doing everything right you have a great LinkedIn profile and you're being right passively recruited on LinkedIn by recruiters 'cause they're looking for veteran talent and you're doing targeted networking to reach out to other veterans that work at that company or other recruiters the great thing about LinkedIn is that you can do interview research.
Say you know you've done all that you're coming in for an interview, you know the people that are gonna be interviewing you you can look them up on Linked in. Check out their profiles and then look for commonalities that you can build in the interview. And that's key to building that relationship with that person that's interviewing you. I highly suggest that any veteran do that type of research when they are in the hiring process at any company. I know for me you know when I was interviewing for this job at LinkedIn I researched everybody that I was interviewing with and it really did pay off for me as well.
Find out how to join LinkedIn and get special offers just for veterans at https://veterans.linkedin.com/.
- Drawing attention to your LinkedIn profile
- Writing a compelling summary
- Adding your skills, experience, and education
- Growing your LinkedIn network
- Finding open job opportunities
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