Archive for September, 2012

Why and How do I Put Special Characters in My LinkedIn Headline?

Special Characters in LinkedIn HeadlineHave you ever seen special characters in someone’s LinkedIn or other social media profile or updates and wondered how they did it?

The characters are “unicode” and are meant to be viewed on almost any platform. You can find a list of them here.

I put special characters, stars to be specific, in my LinkedIn headline so that it stands out. Notice in the stream of updates above that two people have recently connected with me. I stand out amongst their other recent connections as the stream is scanned because of the stars in my headline.

My eye is usually drawn to updates from social media guru Kim Garst as I scan my Facebook and Twitter feeds because she’s used unicode characters to create a smiley face next to her name.

A word of warning: even unicode characters don’t always show up well. If you go to the unicode link above, you’ll see some of them look like gibberish. To make sure your characters are coming through properly, you can copy characters from other people’s profiles (if they show up for them, they’ll likely show up for you too) or just be sure to have some friends and family view  your profile and let you know what they see.

The other danger is that special characters are not considered by all to be “business conservative.” You can choose how conservative or “out there” you wish to be. Circles, stars, or smiley faces–it’s up to you. But I’d rather be cheesy and found than business conservative in obscurity.

September 27, 2012 at 6:19 am 2 comments

The Secret Formula for an Interview-Getting Resume? W2H

Imagine your dog ate your homework… er, resume.

He left only the top third of the first page intact.

A hiring manager at your ideal company should be able to happen upon that third of a page in the street and decide to call you in for an interview.

The top third of the resume is called the marquee. That’s where a decision-maker chooses whether they will read further and/or call you for an interview.

W2H is the formula that infuses your marquee with interview magnetism.

Make sure you get to the point:

Who are you? Literally, what is your name and how can you be reached? Also, what role are you going for? What kind of person are you? The latter will be subtle here, but as you see in the examples below it can be hinted at with the visual style and language you choose.

Who do you help? If you are looking for a job, the “who” will usually be an “it,” the company. What kind? What industry? What size? If you are in a support role, your “who” could be people, but you’ll want to tie it back to how that help adds to the bottom line.

How do you help them? The “how” should include the exact tools you use (like continuous improvement methodology or digital media) as well as your approach with them (empowering teams, presenting technical concepts in understandable business language).

Feel free to comment here or contact me privately if you have questions.

If, like my clients, you don’t want to become a resume expert just to find a job, peruse my services page. If it looks like we might be a fit, let’s talk!

Follow your bliss,

Kim Mohiuddin, NCRW, CJSS

Career Communications That Lift You Up!

Chief Career Storyteller, Movin’ On Up Resumes
Speaker and Consultant on Careers and Writing

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September 13, 2012 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

What does a good supply chain, operations, or logistics executive resume look like?

Resume Heading for Supply Chain

Formatting and Context Add Meaning to Metrics

Operations and supply chain executives tend to be obsessed with numbers. That is a resume writer’s dream! But if those numbers aren’t put into context, they won’t have much meaning.

Logistics and supply chain executives, what are your most pressing resume and career questions? Post in comments or connect with me via the contact page. I’ll answer!

Meanwhile, take a look at the samples below.

Logistics and Supply Chain Executive Specializing in Tech and Telecom

Logistics and Procurement Executive

Supply Chain Executive Garment Industry

September 11, 2012 at 8:44 am 2 comments