With more than 450 million users worldwide, LinkedIn is by far the largest professional networking site. So it’s no wonder that the Jobvite 2016 Recruiter Nation Report found that 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn when screening a potential job candidate. In an article by Fast Company, several recruiters were asked what makes a job applicant’s LinkedIn profile stand out.
Below are a few of their tips for getting recruiters to notice you (and hopefully move you along in the hiring process)!
- Make sure your profile is as complete as possible. Recruiters want to get a well-rounded view of your professional background and accomplishments to determine if you are the best fit for the position. Also, pay attention to the details — e.g., be sure to include start and end dates for all positions.
- Add a professional profile picture; not a casual photo or selfie. Your LinkedIn photo will serve as a first impression to recruiters and hiring managers and should demonstrate professionalism. Sites such as Photofeeler.com can evaluate your photo to help you determine whether it’s appropriate.
- Take some time to create a concise summary that outlines your achievements, honors and success stories. Using a bullet-point format with searchable key words will make your summary both more readable and more intriguing. (To download a copy of CAC’s Sample Keywords for Your Resume, click here.)
- It’s important that there not be any discrepancy in information provided on your LinkedIn profile vs. your resume. Ensuring that specifics such as job titles and employment dates are aligned on both shows that you are detail-oriented and trustworthy.
- Be an active participant on LinkedIn by sharing content, commenting on posts or providing links to examples of your work. This exhibits a level of professional engagement and activity that recruiters will notice.
Be sure to check out the full article for more useful tips on developing a strong and effective LinkedIn profile.
And for additional tools to assist with your job-hunt, check out our comprehensive Job Search Toolkit. Other great resources for pointers on becoming the best job candidate include recordings of our Job Search and Building an Effective LinkedIn Profile webinars.