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New Year, New Resume

I'm counting on 2019 being a great year. I've done consistent work on my own resume and LinkedIn profile and helped others. Are you happy with your resume and LinkedIn profile? If you aren’t sure how to get started, here are a few tips to get you going. If you dread writing about yourself or struggle with how to explain your experience and accomplishments, let me help you. I’d love to and will be able to draw out the best about you, even some things you won't think of!


  1. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you’re limiting your chances for possible job opportunities. Consider it an addendum to your resume, even if many things are similar across both. What might make your resume too lengthy could be perfect to include on LinkedIn instead.

  2. Recruiters and other hiring managers search for candidates by using specific keywords. If they send you an InMail message, answer it even if the job opportunity might not be of interest. Accept their connection request and be open to other opportunities later. In the past year, I have received several messages from recruiters and was presented with openings I hadn’t found on my own. Having a profile is also a great recruitment tool. If you don’t have a resume ready to share at a moment’s notice, you can quickly send your profile link.

  3. Your LinkedIn profile link should be included on your resume. If you don’t like your link, you can customize it to something more attractive.

  4. Steer clear of buzzwords (motivated, passionate, driven) and use keywords specific to your field.

  5. Fill in all blanks, including awards and volunteer experience. A 2011 LinkedIn survey found that hiring managers consider volunteer work experience equivalent to formal work experience. Including this information helps differentiate you from other candidates.


  1. The Perfect Resume by Dan Quillen is an easy and informative read. Tips are shared on resume appearance and formats, action words that work, listing your accomplishments, addressing gaps in employment, and more.

  2. More than 200 free sample cover letters – it’s overwhelming! Includes the five most popular letters and additional articles on how to address different situations such as addressing job hopping or what to leave out of a cover letter.

  3. More cover letter examples and writing tips and some free templates to download.

Here’s to the new you in 2019!

Say it with Steele, x C

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