Use LinkedIn as Your Headhunter!
In the past few years, LinkedIn has become a central tool used by job seekers to find a perfect position. Used correctly, this social network can help subscribers network, develop business contact, consult experts, expand professional knowledge and, of course, find a position.
In order to use LinkedIn to that end, one must, first, subscribe and create a personal account.
Here are some important tips to creating an effective LinkedIn profile:
1. Use a respectable, professional looking headshot. A picture is worth a thousand words, and you want to make a good first impression of potential future employers.
2. Detail your professional experience. Include previous workplaces, and highlight your skills and acquired knowledge.
3. Detail your previous work responsibilities. Be precise and brief. Try to make your employment history interesting and appealing. Remember – there are many other skillful LinkedIn subscribers, and you have to shine!
4. Ask for recommendations from previous employers, friends and colleagues. A good recommendation can make all the difference.
5. Market yourselves. Write a short description of your skills and background.
6. Create a friendly URL for your profile, here. This will help promote your page in google searches.
7. Make sure to update your profile regularly.
Let LinkedIn Work for You!
For a while now, many companies and headhunters have been using social networks to find employees, and using those channels to actively pursue new positions has become a common method among jobseekers all over the world. A detailed, updated profile on LinkedIn enables potential employers to examine your skills and offer a position before you event applied to their company, for a position you may have not even been aware of.
Tell Employers Who You Are
The Summary section of your LinkedIn Background is designed to showcase your creativity, eloquence and special skills, and this is your opportunity to market yourself and highlight your competitive advantage. That is why it’s important to include a short description of yourself, your education, training and current occupation, and what type of position or business opportunity you are looking for. A brief, descriptive personal statement is also useful.
Join LinkedIn Groups
There is a plethora of professional groups on LinkedIn, each one exposing you to a huge knowledge base you may not be exposed to otherwise. New articles and interesting professional data are posted in these groups on a daily basis, as well as the supply and demand in the respective markets, job offers, and discussions you may find useful. Participating in these groups enables you to expand your network and knowledge, and learn about new positions before other job seekers.
In today’s competitive market, companies and HR professional are flooded with hundreds of resumes on a daily basis. In order to improve your chances of getting to the top of the pile, you have to stand out. In addition to important criteria like work experience, skills and education, LinkedIn enables you to promote yourself by actively participating in group discussions, and adding video clips, presentations and status updates that will attract the attention of potential employers.
The most important feature for job seeking LinkedIn subscribers is networking. Casting a wide net and creating a circle of friends as wide as possible grants you a higher ranking on this network. A high rating increases your exposure to potential employers and improves your chances of being noticed and contacted.
How you do expand your network? Friend family members, friends and colleagues subscribed to LinkedIn. This way you can be linked to their family members, friends and colleagues, and so on.
Learn from Experience
Many employers will scroll down to the LinkedIn section detailing your work experience, and skip everything else. Therefore, it is imperative that you highlight work experience that’s relevant to the position you are seeking. Also, as some employers are interested in employees with previous experience from a specific company or in a specific position, make sure to include the names of all the companies you worked in (you can even include a logo or a link to their websites), as well as a detailed description of your positions in those companies.
You Have What it Takes!
When employers seek employees online, they tend to focus on specific skills they require. LinkedIn enables subscribers to provide a list of their professional knowledge and skills, personal traits etc. This list can help your profile stand out and increase your visibility. Recommendations by peers and LinkedIn friends on your page will increase your credibility even more.