LinkedIn boasts that their Recruitment Solutions program has over 500 million users. If you’re looking to get hired – have your LinkedIn profile not only “up and running”, but make sure your profile communicates clearly and catches recruiters’ interest. Beyond making sure that your profile’s career history is complete. Here’s 5 quick tips to improve your profile:
1. LinkedIn Profile Headline – It’s the line under your name. It tells others how you view yourself professionally. Tell others what you “do” like “Rated Top IT Recruiter for past 3 years” instead of “Results oriented professional”. Many recruiters use keyword search, such as IT or Recruiter. This way, you stand a much better chance of being “found” among other IT Recruiters.
2. Your photo – Keep it simple and smile! Professionals want to see others as professionals. Remember this is not Facebook or Snapchat. This site should be used only for work and career-based information.
3. List the associations and professional organizations you belong to. Recruiters want to know how you keep up to date with your ever-changing career and how connected you are with your community.
4. Utilize the Skills section. Choose the skills, you want recruiters to notice. Keep in mind, experience is key as most contacts will indicate your strengths on only what they know about you.
5. The Recommendation section is also important. You can indicate on line that you are open to receive recommendations, but also reach out to your closest coworker or mentors for their help. Offer to provide recommendations for others and they often will return the favor.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.