LinkedIn Tips for Job Seekers
Here, we’ve compiled tips you need to know about tricking out your LinkedIn profile — from crafting a stunning summary to selling your accomplishments, projects, and skills — in one place.
1. Put in the Time to make it Awesome:
Simply put all that you have and you are but customize it by not including everything. The more complete your profile, the better the odds that recruiters will find you in the first place. So, completeness is important from that standpoint. Make your technical skills standout because recruiters mostly select profiles that excel in technical skills. Also avoid inconsistencies with your resume because they tend to lessen the impression of recruiter when they come across your profile.
2. Let people know you’re available:
If you can announce the fact that you’re looking for a job, do so. Use your headline to make the announcement. It would make a way for the recruiters to know immediately that you are in search of a job and wouldn’t hesitate to call you if they find you skilled enough for the requirement.
3. Choose a professional Photo:
Choose a clear, friendly, and appropriate professional image. Not sure what “appropriately professional” means? Take a look around at what the people in your Target Company, industry sector, or business level are wearing. Match that. Also be active on LinkedIn rather than being just a follower. The more you interact and post as a professional, the more you’ll be noticed and build recognition. Make yourself accessible.
4. Write a Headline That attracts:
Your headline doesn’t have to be your job title and company — in fact, especially if you’re looking for jobs, it shouldn’t be. Instead, use that space to concisely showcase your specialty, value proposition, or your special talents. The more specific you can be about what sets you apart from the competition, the better.
5. Treat Your Profile like Your Resume:
Your resume isn’t just a list of job duties (or, at least, it shouldn’t be) — it’s a place to highlight your best accomplishments. Same goes for your LinkedIn profile: Make sure your experience section is exaggerated with bullet points that describe what you did, how well you did it, and who it impacted.