Impress future employers with your profile

By Ava Traverso, Staff Writer

Throughout life, one of the most necessary and intimidating aspects of entering the adult world is career hunting. An important factor in finding the perfect job involves the external image you put out to employers. Even though the prospect may seem daunting at first, it can be easier than you think.

Due to the fact that the job world is largely online, it is more important than ever to use tools such as LinkedIn and Handshake. When employers search for profiles of potential hires, the main goal is to find someone who sticks out in their mind and makes an impact.

I spoke with Jack Sexton, director of operations at Bloomington Consulting Group, and he provided me with some handy tips to help create that perfect profile.

Keep an online presence up-to-date

One of the most important aspects of a profile is also one of the easiest things to change. For job interviewers to get a proper read of who you are, they need to see the full picture of your ambitions and involvement. Things like your updated resume, GPA and RSO involvement can help show companies you are responsible and professional when it comes to the image you put forth. 

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Stand out, but remain honest

While it can be helpful to include cool clubs and activities you participated in, embellishment can only take you so far. Try to avoid including clubs or activities you have only been to a couple meetings. It will save you that awkward moment when a recruiter could catch you in a lie. Be sure to highlight your most remarkable academic and extracurricular qualities.

Have an eye-catching tag line

To make sure you catch the attention of job recruiters, allow the first thing they read to be something interesting and fun that relates to you. Maybe it’s your favorite quote or a funny joke you like, just make sure it’s something that demonstrates personality. It helps recruiters see you are more than just a profile on their screen and that there is a person behind the computer.

Skills, skills, skills

Another way many employers search for potential hires is through using the ‘skills’ filter on certain job websites. Including skills such as languages, programming fluency or social skills can help your profile show up on more searches that may have previously hidden you from companies. This also allows employers to take a quick glance to see if you fit their qualifications for the position you may be applying for.

Additionally, make sure to include unique or unusual skills.

Take initiative

Reach out to potential employers. Having the confidence to personally reach out to a recruiter can add a more personal touch to the application process rather than just sending an application through a link. It also helps show you take their time seriously enough that you want to make a good first impression.

Hopefully these tips help you make a good impression through future endeavors in the job-searching world.

Ava is a sophomore in ACES.

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