The Personal Summary
Personal summaries are relatively new on LinkedIn, but they are really important! They provide employers with information about who you are. It is not enough to have technical talents; you must also be a strong cultural fit.
We suggest that you include the following three things in your personal summary:
- Past: What were you doing before you started coding?
- Present: Explain why you enjoy coding and what your “a-ha” moment was.
- Future: What do you hope to accomplish in the future?
PRO TIP: Avoid mentioning in your personal summary that you want to “learn and grow.” Instead, explain how an opportunity may be compatible with the mentorship you seek: transparency, an open environment, pair programming, and working with developer tools.
- Because most program graduates lack relevant prior experience, you can utilize projects to demonstrate to an employer what you have produced from scratch.
- You develop a capstone project and other projects at bootcamps, which you can highlight to show employers that you can take entire control of a project.
PRO TIP: Highlight your primary contribution to each project so that employers can see exactly what you created.
These include coding languages and talents, and they are valuable on both LinkedIn and your resume. Most LinkedIn profiles and resumes are skimmed for around 6 seconds, so choose words that stand out to the reader.
Since LinkedIn is a search engine site, it’s important to include keywords in a variety of places:
- Personal summary
- Projects section
- Education section
- Skills section
What if I don’t have any prior experience?
- People compare LinkedIn to a trash can, where you may and should toss everything.
- In certain cases, students who have never worked might add the name of their institute in the experience area of their LinkedIn to showcase tasks they have completed.
- On LinkedIn, don’t be hesitant to include unrelated work experience-people want to see that you’ve worked in an office. It demonstrates that you know how to work hard if you worked as a research assistant at your school.
- Include any volunteer work you did, as well as any time you helped a friend establish a website. Volunteer effort is always appreciated.
Proof You Don’t Need Experience: It is not required to have a technical background. Many Deep Dive Learning Academy graduates had no technical background and were pursuing other careers prior to joining our Personal Mentorship Program. Today, they work as developers for well-known organizations. They obtained the necessary foundational technical abilities, prepared for their interviews, and aced the procedure.
Should my resume be consistent with my LinkedIn profile?
- LinkedIn can be your trashcan, but resumes should be no more than one page.
- Your personal summary should be short; include an “interests” section at the end of your resume to add more individuality.
- Include a strong header with links to LinkedIn and Github, as well as your address, phone number, and email address.
- Include a section on your technical talents and divide them into “proficient” and “knowledgeable” categories.
- Demonstrate to companies your hands-on coding experience.
- Include your professional experience and education after that.
Any advice for Github?
Your work will be hosted on Github, where potential employers can view your raw code.
Other methods to distinguish your Github:
- Follow repositories that interest you.
- Learn about different repositories by reading information.
- Make a contribution to open source code
Is it possible for me to do this on my own?
Anyone can create their own LinkedIn profile, Resume, and Github account, but the job interview process is extremely frustrating. Our career coaches at Deep Dive Learning Academy, will always be there to guide you with:
- How to build out your LinkedIn
- How to Write an Effective Resume
- How to Promote Yourself
- How to Get Ready for a Phone Interview
- How to Prepare Interview Questions
- Mock technical interviews
- Follow up reviews
- Cover letters
- Salary negotiation: accepting and rejecting offers