February 7, 2012 Leave a comment
Don’t have a resume? Looking for a way to create one without having to worry about formatting and everything looking perfect? Thankfully, as technology has advanced, resume building has gotten easier and easier. There are plenty of resume builders out there. There are also plenty of templates and samples that you can follow the format off of. But if you’re in a hurry and you don’t have time to make one yet, or you just don’t feel the need to (though you should), there is a solution to your problem.
LinkedIn. As you can probably tell by now if you’ve been reading my posts, I’m a huge advocate of the website. This is just another reason. LinkedIn not only allows you to create a profile that allows you to lay out your entire life, it also enables you to download a PDF version that has a very simple yet effective outline of your profile in a resume format. Is it perfect? Of course not. It largely depends how you format the data you have on LinkedIn. For example if under each job you’ve put a paragraph describing the company or what you did there instead of bullet points, that’s what you’re going to get.
But hey, it’s not a bad start. Plus it includes your skills, specialties, etc. The downside? it doesn’t fit it all on one page. Resume’s should be one page, two pages tops (and you better have reason for it). If you’re well established in the field, this might be a good way to think about getting your CV started. CV’s are essentially longer resumes for those established in fields, usually applying for grants and highly competitive positions. CVs can be enormously long (40 pages long enough for ya?). But if it’s your first time, maybe LinkedIn can at least help you get started on it.
Note: This should be a last resort. Say you haven’t worked on your resume in forever, but you just got a call for an interview and you don’t have time to update it. Well, print out the PDF of your LinkedIn and bring it in and explain the situation when you hand them this and state that you can send them an updated resume if they’d like. If you have the time, you should put in the energy to produce a really nice resume that will help you stand out.