With 92% of recruiters turning to Social Media to find the perfect candidate these are 5 simple steps you can implement today to make sure you’re not being over looked.
- Write a Headline that Catches Notice
LinkedIn automatically populates your headline with your current job title and employer, take the time to edit this and implement the following:
- Use this space to show how you outshine the competition
- Showcase what value you can add to a company
- Differentiate yourself from the rest
- Treat Your Profile Like Your Resume
Just like your actual resume, LinkedIn is a place to show off your accomplishments. Make sure your LinkedIn has the following;
- Your experience section is clearly bullet pointed to showcase your big accomplishments.
- Showcase any awards you won or problems you may have resolved for a company.
- Include Projects, Volunteer Work and Languages
This is pretty straight forward but something a lot of job seekers over look.
- Did you include any significant certifications you may have?
- Do you speak more than 1 language?
- Showcase any skills that will make you stand out from the competition.
- Write Things In The First Person
Unlike your actual resume it is ok to write in the first person on your LinkedIn account.
- For example on your resume you might say “Jeffery Smith is a dedicated Clinical Research…”
- For example on your LinkedIn account it would make more sense to write that as “I’m a dedicated Clinical Research…”
- Include a Current Job Entry, Even If You Are Unemployed
Most recruiters use the Current Title box to search for candidates; if you are leaving this blank you might be over looked. Here’s how to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
- Even if you are currently unemployed under the current position section you should list all the job titles you’re targeting.
- After the job title you can add a phrase like “seeking new opportunity” or “Transitioning into…”
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