There’s a reason why over 433 million users call LinkedIn home. With new members signing up at the rate of two per second, the platform has grown to be the largest professional network in the world. Therefore, if you want to get a head start in your career, you will want to establish a strong presence on LinkedIn. In this way, you can attract the attention of recruiters at the biggest and best companies in your industry.
Follow these five tips to stand out on LinkedIn and catch a recruiter’s eye for a job opportunity.
Start with an effective profile picture.
Science has shown that people make their first impression of others based on what they see. Therefore, if you want to stand out to recruiters you’ll need to have an outstanding profile picture. Get a friend to assist you with taking a nice headshot that shows you in a professional light wearing business attire, standing in front of a plain background. Use the same photo across all your social networks for more branded presence.
Write a clear and concise headline.
Make sure that your headline says who you are directly and indicates that you are open for work opportunities. For example, you may want to say something like ‘15 year sales professional looking for opportunities’. Keep it simple but direct. Why is this important? Recruiters often do a keyword search, and if they look for words like ‘sales’ or ‘opportunities’ they will come across your profile faster.
Share only industry-relevant career information.
Many people go about using LinkedIn like it’s an online resume. But this is not the right way to do things. Instead, what you want to do is highlight your career achievements and then list the relevant careers that you’ve held under this role. Avoid aging yourself by only listing careers or jobs that you had in the last 10 to 12 years.
Include links to your blogs and portfolio.
The most effective way to use LinkedIn is to show off your work. If you have a blog make sure that you have the RSS feed connected to your LinkedIn to automatically show your most recent posts. If you have an online portfolio of published works such as articles, books, or graphics make sure that you have a link to this as well.
Get connected with all the career networks including recruitment groups.
With 90 percent of recruiters using LinkedIn as a primary source of candidates, your best chance of getting noticed is to participate in career groups, those run by staffing agencies, and recruitment search communities. Make sure that you share relevant content at least once per week to stay on their radar. Respond quickly to messages that you receive from recruiters.
Need more help with your job search, or catching a recruiter’s eye on LinkedIn? Contact Advance Staffing Solutions today!