Oops! You recently made some changes or updates to your LinkedIn profile content and your boss or colleagues have noticed that and are asking you about it, or have expressed disapproval or alarm. As an executive resume writer who is often asked by my executive clients for executive resume writing tips, I have found that I am frequently approached for advice as well on how to effectively and safely create visibility on LinkedIn.
So what to do?
Jason Alba has a great blog (and a career management website called JibberJobber that is worth looking into as well). In reading his latest post “I Broke My Ankle. Lessons Learned…,” I was nodding yes for two reasons:
After you worked so diligently to land an interview with your dream company, you do not want to negate your efforts by making surprisingly common interviewing mistakes. Alison Doyle published a great article on this on December 9, well worth a read.
You’ve got an absolutely stunning executive resume and LinkedIn profile, have practiced your responses to the toughest interview questions, and have researched everything you can find about your target companies. But don’t forget how you look at that upcoming interview. It really is true: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
There are many mistakes that are very easy to make in executive job search. Are you making any of these?
A post I wrote recently on LinkedIn about How to Respond to Illegal Interview Questions generated quite a bit of interest and inquiries. Here is a sampling of just a few of the verboten questions or inappropriate statements interviewees have run into:
- Are you dating someone?
- How old are you? You are young enough to be my daughter.
- Do you have any problems going out drinking with the office on Fridays?
- How would your husband feel about you relocating for work?
One of the first things your parents taught you as a toddler was to say “please” and “thank you.” For some reason, as adults some tend to forget the power of “Thank You” in cementing good social and professional relations, let alone making a favorable impression with potential employers.
Once you’ve won that coveted first or second interview, don’t forget that it is critical to thank EVERYONE you interviewed with, and also the recruiter who may have helped you to make that connection.
All of your hard work searching out opportunities for your next career step–researching companies, putting together a powerful executive resume, preparing for interviews, etc.–has paid off. You have the job offer of your dreams…