Get Noticed: Boost Your Online Presence When a hiring manager finds your information on LinkedIn, Stylecareers, or another resume database… what do they see? Does your profile mention any recent projects you’ve spearheaded, skills that you’ve developed, or freelance work that you’ve done? Hiring managers use LinkedIn and resume databases every day to search for their next hire. Here are some things that you can do to help hiring managers find you: Put yourself out there: Is your resume posted everywhere it could be? To maximize your visibility, set up accounts with: LinkedIn, Stylecareers, Mayor of the Mall, Monster, Careerbuilder, and your school’s job board. When you’re setting up your account, fill in all relevant fields and make sure that your contact information is up-to-date. **Search engine tip: A hiring manager often searches for candidates based on job title. If your last position was a dual role, consider writing more than one title on your resume. For instance, if your title was Data Entry Assistant, but you also performed many of the responsibilities of an Ecommerce Assistant, you may want to write Data Entry Assistant/Ecommerce Assistant. **Search engine tip: When a hiring manager conducts a search, the most recent resume appears at the top of the page. Refresh your resume regularly to make sure that your resume doesn’t fall to the last page. Highlight your technical proficiencies: Don’t just list your skills and technical proficiencies – use them to tell a story. Explain exactly how you’ve used various programs on the job. Hiring managers want to know how well you understand a program and which functions you’re most comfortable with. **Search engine tip: If a hiring manager is looking for a candidate with knowledge of a particular program, they often type the program name into the search engine. So instead of writing “Adobe,” write “Adobe Illustrator.” Include proficiencies such as Gerber, Tukatech, and Photoshop. Don’t forget to include programs such as PLM, PDM, and AS400 that could set you apart. When applicable, specify which version(s) of the program you have used. State what you’re looking for – but don’t put yourself in a box: If you’re looking for work in a specific market, tailor your resume or profile to show why you’re a good fit. But don’t shy away from your experience in other markets – a varied background shows versatility and the ability to adapt to different environments. **Search engine tip: State an objective, but keep it general. Think about what opportunities you would be willing to consider and list those, as well. If you’re too specific on your resume, you may miss out on opportunities that could help you develop your skills and experience. Provide links: Do you have an online portfolio or a blog? Provide a link so that a hiring manager can view your work. An amazing, up-to-date portfolio or blog can say as much about you as your resume and profile. We hope that these tips will help you boost your online presence and make yourself more visible to hiring managers. To see our current job openings, visit the jobs section of our website. Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook and LinkedIn!