Helpful hints for today’s job seekers
If you are looking for a job, you probably already have a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is a great platform to highlight your professional skills and interests. It allows you to present a better description of yourself than a simple resume. If you don’t already have a profile, read about how to create a great LinkedIn profile. And if you do have a profile, why not make it stronger? Try these tips to make your profile stand out above the rest!
Get a professional photo
What’s the first thing that you notice when you open someone’s LinkedIn profile? Their photo, of course! If a hiring manager is looking you up on LinkedIn, odds are that your photo is the first thing that he or she will notice. For this reason, it’s important to have a photo in which you look professional. Generally, a plain background is best, and make sure you’re wearing a professional-looking attire.
Consider a background photo
LinkedIn allows you to put a background photo behind your headshot photo. It’s optional, but if you want to use a background photo, it might liven up your profile and make it more memorable to a potential hiring manager.
Make the professional headline count
After your name, the next thing a hiring manager will see is your professional headline. Be sure to spend a little time crafting the headline you want. It’s okay just to write your current job position or profession. But other people like to get creative, and highlight their area of expertise. This is a chance to tell viewers who you are.
Make a shorter URL
When you create your profile, LinkedIn will give you a URL, which is typically very long with a lot of strange numbers. You can get rid of this long URL and create a simpler one. Do this by clicking the pencil icon beside “Edit public profile URL.” Having a shorter URL is much easier when it comes to listing your LinkedIn URL on your resume or email signature.
Hiring managers and recruiters may search LinkedIn for qualified candidates using keyword searches. For this reason, it’s important to use career-related keywords strategically in your profile. Try to use the keywords in your headline and summary, as well as the body of your profile.
Work on your summary
The summary is the paragraph that comes before all your work experience. Work on crafting your summary so that it tells viewers about your strengths and experience, and what makes you valuable in the job market. You don’t want to overtly brag. Just state your qualifications in a straight-forward way.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people you know—and people you don’t know—to make connections. That’s what LinkedIn is all about! Having 50 connections at a minimum will help show a potential employer that you are actively networking.
There are hundreds of groups you can join on LinkedIn. They may be related to professional interests, social causes, job seeking, or other business topics. If you join a group related to your career field, you can keep on top of the goings-on and become more educated about your field.
Like many social media platforms, LinkedIn has a feed where you can post, write, and comment on interesting articles. Participate in the sharing of information by posting relevant career-related information in your feed.
Have you ever noticed a professional recommendation on someone’s LinkedIn profile? Recommendations are similar to job references, and can really help your profile be impressive. Start by writing recommendations for colleagues that you know. Once you’ve written 5 or 6, you can ask someone to write a recommendation for you. Having a few recommendations on your profile page can look really good to a potential employer!
With these tips, you can improve your profile and get more out of your LinkedIn account. Remember, if you put the time and effort into it, LinkedIn can be a very useful tool in your job search and throughout your career.
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