Linked In is becoming more and more popular for job searching and more importantly recruiters are searching for candidates on here. With the candidate market being so high at the moment it is so important that your Linked In profile is up to date. Follow our tips below to help you with this.
Fill out the summary section.
The summary section on LinkedIn is a great place to showcase your achievements and professional goals. In fact, recruiters consider it the most important section of your profile, according to LinkedIn.
Talk about your experience, your motivations, interests and skills. Let future recruiters see you as a person and not just a generic candidate.
Upload a good photo.
According to LinkedIn, profiles that include a photo are 21 times more likely to be viewed than those without one. They are also nine times more likely to receive connection requests.
Opt for a flattering, professional photo that best represents you. Skip ones that are poorly cropped, low-resolution, or include another person (or your pet).
Add your location.
It is really important that you set your location, if recruiters can’t see where you are from, they will just skim past you.
By adding your city or metro area to your profile, you will boost your chances of being seen by 23 times, according to LinkedIn.
Include your educational background.
By adding your school or schools, hiring managers and former classmates are more likely to find you in searches. Indeed, profiles with completed education fields receive 17 times more messages from recruiters.
You do not, however, have to put in the year you left as this can signal your age to potential employers.
Specify your industry.
Each week, more than 300,000 people search LinkedIn profiles by industry specifically, therefore by listing the industry you work in, or the one you’d like to break into, helps you come up in those recruiter searches. It also helps LinkedIn connect you with the right job listings, events and trending articles.
List your current position.
Having an outdated position on your LinkedIn profile page looks bad to recruiters. They might think that because you haven’t updated it, you aren’t active on the website and wouldn’t return their message, or even that you don’t take your online professional presence seriously.
It doesn’t take long to do and could make a huge difference. Be sure to include your current title, company and start date.
Don’t forget to add your skills.
Don’t think of skills in strictly technical terms. If you have great negotiation or public speaking skills, list them, let prospective recruiters know what you can do. Remember those transferrable skills.
More employers are looking for people with, so it can only help you.
According to LinkedIn, you should include five or more skills to showcase your different talents.
If you need any further help with any of the above, give us a ring, we’d love to help you. Also don’t forget to download our CV Tips brochure.
The Arden Personnel Team