Written by Sophie Down | June 3, 2015
If you are searching for a job, it makes sense to use professional platforms such as LinkedIn as a tool for you to attract recruiters and companies looking for candidates.
However, with over 300 million members on the site, it helps to know how to get noticed. The following top tips from Webrecruit look at how you, the job seeker, can make your profile stand out.
1. Endorse Others & Post Recommendations
Ask for endorsements, and endorse others. Writing recommendations for those that you have worked with is also a great way to get your name seen.
The more you do this for others, the more you will get in return. Endorsements provide further credibility to your profile, alongside your previous or current roles.
2. Complete Your Profile
Make sure that your profile is 100% complete. LinkedIn will tell you which stage your profile is at, and will also suggest other aspects of your profile that may need adding to.
Emphasise results, instead of a long list of responsibilities under your job positions, to make your LinkedIn a profile worth checking out.
3. Be Searchable
Use the right keywords, job titles and skills on your profile, to make it easily searchable for recruiters. Being strategic with your listed skill set can mean the right person searching for you, to match you with the roles that you could be interested in.
Remember, companies will be searching for a particular job title or skill set, so it helps to have relatable and easily identifiable words on your profile.
4. Keep a Professional Photo
Professional pictures are a great way to enhance your profile, giving a great impression to those viewing your details.
Always remember to have a photo, but avoid having something unprofessional (i.e. a distant holiday shot or a blurry image).
5. Build Your Network
Build your network, and go beyond your colleagues at work. Look to connect with others such as students at your college or University, or even those that influence you.
The larger your network, the more chance you have of connecting with employers and leaders within your industry.
6. Share Content
Like, comment, and share content which both interests you and is relevant to your career sector. This will show other members and connections that you are active.
Many write and post blog posts on LinkedIn pulse, which allows for a myriad of different individuals to view and comment on different articles written by LinkedIn members.
7. Focus on Your Headline
Write an attractive yet clear and concise headline. You have 120 characters in which to sell yourself, so make it worthwhile to attract recruiters and companies looking to hire.
With all of the above in mind, an overall objective should be to stay proactive. Keep building on your profile and network as much as you can to increase the likelihood of you getting noticed.
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