Is your LinkedIn profile ready for recruiters?
The days of handing in a paper resume directly to a manager are gone (though definitely bring in copies for your interview) and recruiters are taking to social media platforms to see if a potential hire has what it takes. One of the most popular go-to sites is LinkedIn, the business playground of social media and a soap box for you to sell yourself. It’s the age of the living and breathing resume that allows for constant updates, ultimate stealth mode of job searching, seeing who has checked out your profile and the chance to get other people to endorse you for your skills. Is your profile ready?
5 Ways to Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Profile for Job Searching
1. No typos or grammatical errors.
Is something spelled wrong? Should there be a comma there? If your profile is full of silly mistakes then you are simply asking to be written off. Take the time to read through your profile and make edits as necessary. Have someone else proofread it as well.
2. An elevator pitch.
Use the summary box as a place to state why you’re different, your value and what unique skills you bring to the table. Use keywords that recruiters will be looking for and tailor it specifically to the field you want to get into.
3. Have a great (and professional) photo.
Your LinkedIn profile picture should not be of you hiking in the mountains, participating in a food-eating contest or cuddling your cat. Invest in a proper headshot against a complimentary, simple background. Dress professionally and smile.
4. Google yourself.
Not only will your LinkedIn profile show up, but so will your other social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. These are not off-limits to recruiters. Go through your social media profiles and make edits where needed: un-tagging or deleting photos, editing tweets or status updates and comments on ridiculous things.
5. Clearly present experience.
Your LinkedIn profile is the story about your work history. Take the time to explain what you know and defend your skills and experience. Don’t be shy; take credit for your accomplishments.
Do you have other tips for creating a great LinkedIn profile? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!
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