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Navigating your career: Build an online profile to make a great first impression

Posted by James Hawley, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Online Resume graphicA hiring manager starts assessing you for the job as soon as they receive
your resume. Get a head start on your interview before you even step into
the room; apply these practical tips to build a professional online profile.

Google yourself
One of the first things hiring managers do when deciding on who to
interview is to look you up online. Regularly search your own name to see
how you are represented on the web. Take down anything you wouldn’t
want your future boss to see.

Have you googled yourself lately?

Create your online resume

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and a favorite hiring
tool of recruiters and employers. As a first step, make sure you have a
profile and include a recent photo. Secondly, keep your profile up-to-date
with relevant new skills and projects.

   • Keep your profile aligned with your paper resume – make sure dates
      and job titles match.
   • You’re profile is an online snap shot of your experiences – highlight key
      projects, construction tech and personal successes.
   • Is your picture professional and up-to-date? Make sure the interviewer
     can recognize you.
   • Work with your recruiter to make sure essential, in-demand skills are

Does your profile highlight your top skills and achievements? Is it aligned with your target job and sector?

Show your character

It’s important for employers to get an idea of your personality as it helps in
determining company fit. Use Twitter and Facebook to showcase your
hobbies and interests. Update your profile pictures, personal info and
connect with relevant sports, community events and volunteering groups.

Do your social profiles represent your desired personal brand to employers?

Take the first step in your job search; contact us to find out more about building your online resume or register online now.

Get more tips and feedback on building your online profile from your peers. Join the conversation on the Hays Construction Forum Texas.

Find out more about James Hawley, Executive Vice President, an expert in Construction & Property.

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