It has been two week’s since I moved to New York. So far almost all of my time has been spent finding a place to live and sorting out lots of little, but important things. I will do a full blog post on moving to New York soon. This week my full time job is finding a job, and my main source during this job hunt is LinkedIn. I realized I needed to make a few changes to my LinkedIn for my New York job hunt as things are done a little differently here.
Here are the main changes I made
When moving abroad for work it’s important to update your location on LinkedIn. It lets your contacts, who might know someone in your new location, know you have recently moved. There’s always a chance someone might introduce you to someone within their network looking for a person with your experience. It also means recruiters in your new location can easily find you.
Resume instead of CV
In America, the resume is used instead of a cv. A resume is much shorter and to the point. This means it is not necessary to include a long summary of your background and skills. Employers are only interested in seeing the most relevant pieces of information and have no time for waffle. I went through every section on my Linkedin page and deleted anything that wasn’t to the point and relevant to my current career or job situation. I removed any job experience that was now irrelevant to marketing and the direction I want to go in, such as part-time bar work and irreverent J1 jobs.
Although I removed some of my work abroad, I made sure to highlight my international experience and show I had worked and lived abroad. It’s always a good thing to show your potential employer you have worked abroad, it will settle any reservations they have surrounding your abilities to cope in a new, international environment.
Stand out from the Competition
With such a competitive environment as New York, it is important to stand out and show off in as many ways as possible. This is not the time to hold back!
Make sure you have every bit of volunteer experience included on you Linkedin page. I went back and added my volunteer experience at conferences and marketing events and anything that might make me have an edge up on other candidates with similar experience.
Linkedin is a professional network but that doesn’t mean you can’t show off some personality. The LinkedIn influencers, group’s and organizations you are following matter. Make sure you are following relevant and important people within your industry. Show off your interests, give an insight into your personality and the topics that interest you.
Blazer cape from Lavish Alice
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Handbag by Therapy from House of Frazer
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Black leather look jeans/jeggings
These jeans are my favorite! I have four similar pairs and literally live in them. They look sleek and are super comfortable. Asos always have a great selection.
Photos by Brid O’Donovan
Things have been incredibly hectic since I made the big move. I’ve had to put all blogging matters to the side the last two weeks, but now that I finally have my apartment sorted ( with wifi!) I can get back into the swing of things.
I’m currently putting together a full post on my experience of moving to New York so far, (which will include a video!!) I’ll also be posting about the visa process, apartment hunting, and more on finding a job in New York. So watch out for that coming very soon!
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