Career Readiness

4 Thing Teens Should Do BEFORE Finding A Job

  1. Create a Detailed Resume
  2. Take Professional Headshot
  3. Create / Update LinkedIn Profile
  4. Activate Social Privacy Settings On All Posts

1. Create a Detailed Resume

Employers scan resumes in about two minutes. Keep your resume simple! Avoid listing involvement in organizations specific to ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. Unless you are applying for a job at a company that appreciates your involvement in organizations in alignment with your morals and values. Keep your resume Applicant Tracking System (ATS) friendly. Most employers use tracking systems that scan your resumes for keywords. The ATS does not recognize the content within graphs, columns, and word boxes. BEFORE you publish your resume, please sign up for a FREE Grammarly account to double-check spelling and more.

2. Professional Headshot

Be not deceived, employers are looking for your LinkedIn profile or Facebook page. Use a professional photo of you wearing modest business attire and (ladies) neutral makeup. Unless you are a Makeup Artist showcasing your talents. If you cannot afford a professional headshot, click here to watch a video about how to use portrait mode on your phone to take a great photo. You can use your Android too.

3. LinkedIn Profile Update

BEFORE you update your LinkedIn profile, please have your resume completed. Your LinkedIn profile will quickly evolve by simply “copying and pasting” content into appropriate sections. Sometimes your first impression is your social media profiles. If they do not like what they see or read, most likely you will not receive a message, call, or email.

If you need any additional advice or assistance, feel free to contact me, Career Readiness Coach, Tish Pope by clicking here.

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