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We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

Managing Your Personal Brand with LinkedIn

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: October 26, 2010 at 7:42 am

Everyone knows resumes serve as the quantification of who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what expertise you can bring to your next employer. A professionally written resume is a necessity in today’s business world that no savvy business person would forego.

But today’s business people also need actively managed profiles on the social media sites that recruiters and others are using to find and learn more about potential hires.

Don’t Neglect Social Media…Especially LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most popular of these sites. While many people think of it as a Web-based contact management system, it’s so much more. In fact, it’s really a 24/7 personal branding machine.

The first step to fully leveraging LinkedIn is to think about your “positioning.” Since most people will not remember a lot about you, you want to give them one or two nuggets of information to associate with your personal brand. Let’s say you’re a salesperson who specializes in selling widgets to emerging bio-tech companies. Your profile should be constructed around reinforcing that bit of information so anyone reading it knows that’s what you are about: selling bio-tech widgets.

You’ll want to populate your profile with keywords that someone looking for a person with your expertise would use when they search LinkedIn for job candidates. This helps LinkedIn serve your profile to them as an option.

Make Your Online Presence as Effective as Possible

Once your profile is configured, you’ll want to proactively cultivate your image as an expert. An easy way to start is to join LinkedIn Groups where people with similar interests congregate. Resist the temptation to jump into the conversations you find posted there. Rather, sit back and observe for a week or so, getting a feel for the ways people communicate, then start participating in discussions. Eventually you will want to begin new discussions for others to join too.

These are just a few of the ways you can make better use of LinkedIn for business networking.


  • Darlene, great discussion of personal branding & why LinkedIn is such a powerful tool for it! I personally have found LI superb for this purpose.