Backstory Elements: Location

Since releasing Backstory, we’ve seen tons of users add it to their pages, so as you’re building out yours, we want to share some great pages and tips to make your Backstory stand out.

Today we’re taking a look at student and photographer, Noukka Signe (in our header image) whose page, background photo and Backstory really impressed us. Specifically, we’re taking a closer look at how she uses her Location to show where she’s looking for work.

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Can I Share Too Much on

The past few Tuesdays, we’ve been hearing from our friend Patrick Ewers (@PatrickEwers) of Mindmavin on careers and networking. We’re excited to present his latest post.

Last week, you may remember that I blogged about finding common ground and encouraged you to share a broad surface of who you are to enable people to find that common ground with you and increase the amount of opportunities that come your way.

One question I often get asked, however, is whether there are subjects you should keep to yourself or shy away from. The limitations on what information is sharable seems to be a gray area for many people.

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Backstory Elements: Quote or Objective

The quote is one of our favorite features on Backstory and we’re excited to see tons of great ones go up in that section in just a couple of weeks. However, if you’re job hunting, that space can be a great place to put your career or job objective. A few weeks ago we gave some tips on how to write a compelling career objective. Now, you can put those tips to good use for your Backstory.

Ben Lippert, in our header photo, is a great example of someone using the quote section perfectly for this exact purpose. Here’s his objective below.

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Backstory Elements: Resume

Since releasing Backstory just last week, we’ve seen an incredible amount of people add the feature to their pages. As you’re building out your Backstory, we want to share some great pages and tips to help you create one that attracts others to you.

In our header image we have filmmaker, rock climber and stuntman, Shane Borza whose Backstory section combined with his great page and compelling photo, really caught our attention. We love his entire Backstory but we specifically want to hone in on what we think is the best part, his resume.

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How to Write a Compelling Career Objective

When you’re putting together your resume and searching for jobs, it’s a good idea to start by writing a career objective. This objective consists of a couple of sentences which tell recruiters what sort of jobs you’re looking for and a bit about your experience and skills. It should also pique the reader’s interest and get them to keep reading your resume. While it may seem like a lot to pack into a few sentences, it could be the difference in your resume being overlooked or actually read.

Whether you’re applying to a specific position or just sending out resumes, hiring managers will appreciate seeing a quick summary at the top of your resume. Plus, if you’re applying to a specific position, the hiring manager will see you took the time to customize your resume. If you’re not responding to any specific job post, a recruiter will know where you might fit into the company.

Also, when writing an objective, be sure to keep it short and sweet. One to two sentences on what you are hoping to do and the skills you bring to the table are sufficient. And, be specific. Writing in generalities will mean every job is the right fit for you and you may end up with offers for positions you’re not interested in. Now, here are some examples of well written career objectives.

Customer Service Representative with 4 years of experience in telephone and face-to-face sales. Aiming to use my communication skills to fill the managerial role in your company.

Computer Scientist with formal & professional training in Java, php, and Ruby on Rails. Looking to secure a mid-level position with a startup or medium sized software company.

Seeking a teaching position to share with students 10 years of expertise gained in teaching math, chemistry, engineering and communications at private high schools.

Recent college graduate with a BA in Communications and nine months of internship experience. Seeking to fill the Marketing intern role and take on more responsibility as quickly as possible.

Telling Your Story: Personally & Professionally

Writing a good biography is an essential ingredient for creating a great profile. One of the best ways to take advantage of the biography space is to tell your personal and professional story. This allows the public and our other users to get to know you holistically, so they can then be inspired to connect with you. Here are some of the elements of a great biography page that combines both personal and professional information:

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