Tip 2

Begin adding to the Experience section.

  • Remember to include both paid and unpaid experience, as well as part time jobs and internships.
  • In the Description section, similar to the bulleted points on a resume, list your accomplishments.
    • Avoid passive language like “was responsible for,” “became familiar with.”
    • Rather, use active language that describes your ACTIONS in the position.
    • When possible, quantify and qualify your statements. For example, “Re-organized filing system to improve access to data,” or “Summarized findings during 15 min. presentation for CFO and 12 managers.”
  • If you utilized field specific tools, technologies or techniques, you might also consider including these in the Description section. You might include a comma-delineated list, (“Experience with: PCR, Western Blot, HPLC, NMR Spectroscopy and UV-VIS”), or you might include specific statements about how you utilized certain technologies, (“Incorporated SSL encryption for secure information storage and transfer for client’s website”).

Some background:

There is a lot of hype about using social networking tools, such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, as part of your job search. But once you’ve set up an account, it’s not always clear how the site can assist you in improving your job search. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting brief tips for how job seekers, in particular Lawrence University students and recent graduates, can begin to harness the power of LinkedIn to enhance their job search.

More tips in the series:
Tip 1 – Education Section
Tip 2 – Experience Section
Tip 3 – Blogs and Webpages
Tip 4 – Profile Photo
Tip 5 – Your Summary
Tip 6 – Making Connections
Tip 7 – Group Membership