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Famous Resumes: Lessons for Job Seekers

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Twitter and Facebook aren't the only social networks that are home to some of the country's most famous men and women. Many politicians, movie stars, business owners and other well-known figures also have profiles on LinkedIn, a career-oriented social networking site.

Of all the users on LinkedIn, these celebrities likely have the least need to network and find jobs, but their profiles nonetheless offer a rare glimpse into the resumes of the rich and famous, and while their careers may be worth emulating, their resumes often aren't.

He may be among the richest man in the world, but on LinkedIn, Bill Gates seems to have very poor networking abilities.

We asked two career experts to analyze the LinkedIn profiles of some of America's most famous workers to find lessons for average job hunters. As an aside, we should note that most of these profiles are probably not managed by the individual themselves, and unfortunately, unlike Twitter, LinkedIn does not verify that these accounts are held by the individual in question.

Barack Obama
Leading up to the 2008 presidential elections, one of the biggest criticisms against Barack Obama was that his resume was a little too light. Now that he's served the majority of his first term as president of the United States, though, it seems doubtful Obama will face this criticism when trying to win a second term. That said, the resume he has up on LinkedIn still looks pretty light. Obama lists four positions he's held in his career, including his time as college professor, state senator, U.S. senator and now as president, but offers little in the way of specifics about his achievements in each.

"Whether it's your LinkedIn profile, your resume or your cover letter, it should be achievement driven," said Mei Lu, founder and CEO of Jobfully.com, a career blog. "But with Obama's profile, there really is a lack of detail. You don't know how much of an impact he generated as a senator or as president."

Indeed, all that Obama (or more likely his staff) write of his current job is that "I am serving as the 44th President of the United States of America," but it says nothing of the legislation he has passed. That may be acceptable for a man who never has to send in a resume for a job again, but for normal job hunters, Lu says it's crucial to emphasize your most recent achievements and projects.

The president's LinkedIn account does get some things right. For starters, he provides a clear outline of his personal philosophy and way of leading the country, noting his emphasis in "common purpose," and most importantly, according to Lu, he does so in a concise way, taking just two sentences to outline his views.

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