If you are looking for a new job, be sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and highlights your accomplishments, skills and career goals.
Take the time to update your profile because a stellar LinkedIn profile will get Recruiters to take notice, putting you one step closer to landing your dream job.
LinkedIn Profile: Do’s and Don’ts
Do: Professional profile image
Your profile photo must look professional; make you look approachable and friendly. It has to be a recent picture and actually look like you. If you changed your hair recently, update your profile image.
Do: Use the correct words
Use industry keywords in your description, headline, job title and summary. This will make your profile more searchable, allowing Recruiters to find you.
Do: Write a good headline
The headline that appears under your name on your profile should clearly state your industry and your role and skills.
Do: Write a memorable summary
On LinkedIn, the summary section is one of the most important parts. It allows you to express who you are, what you do, your goals and accomplishments, what you represent and how you add value.
Keep it short, filled with keywords and highlights your achievements and your goals. It should be written with your industry in mind and make people want to get to know you.
Do: Keep your profile up-to-date
Keep your profile up-to-date with your latest roles, achievements and goals.
Publish articles on LinkedIn and add presentations you have created. By adding original content, it demonstrates your expertise and knowledge in your industry. This is another tool you can use to stand out to Recruiters.
Do: Follow others
Follow industry leaders, influencers, companies, brands and join groups that represent the same values and aspirations. It allows you to stay current and informed about industry news and topics of interest. Also, it is a good way to make connections and
Do: Ask for recommendations
People trust word-of-mouth more than any other type of recommendation. So be sure to get current and past co-workers and bosses to write recommendations and endorsements on your profile.
Do: Let Recruiters know you are job hunting
Use the Open Candidates option, it lets you privately tell Recruiters you are looking for a new role.
Don’t: Be careless
Do not have spelling or grammatical mistakes.
Don’t: Use buzzwords
Buzz words do not add value. Instead, show how you are motivated with an example of your work. According to LinkedIn, these are the most common buzzwords:
Don’t: Plagiarize or steal
Always be authentic and unique. Don’t use someone else’s work and ideas.
Don’t: Post poor quality content
Do not post inferior quality content just to post. It is better to post nothing than poor quality content. Only post or share content that will add value to your audience. It demonstrates your knowledge and industry expertise.
For more advice on getting noticed by Recruiters, check out how to make your Tech CV standout.
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This post was written by Alyssa Jacobs, Marketing & Social Media Manager at Red Executive.