On average, 4 people are hired every minute on LinkedIn, with 41 million people using the platform to search for jobs each week. It’s the world’s largest online professional network, and you should make the most of it when looking for your next pharmaceutical job.
Building a strong LinkedIn profile is essential for building your network with valuable, high-quality relationships and getting your name out there in the industry. In this article, we outline 13 things you can do to build a strong profile and grow your pharmaceutical career …
Choose a professional profile picture
Your profile picture is one of the first things people will see on your page, so it’s a good opportunity to make a strong first impression. The photo you choose should be professional and consistent with your brand online. Read our tips on how to choose a professional profile photo here.
Write a strong headline
Your title will also be one of the first things people see on your profile. Instead of writing something vague like “job seeker,” consider something like “Clinical research professional | X Award winner 2020 | Seeking a clinical research associate role ”. It tells people who you are, what you’re looking for, and one of your biggest accomplishments.
Add a background image
Adding a background image to your profile can make your page more attractive and can be a great way to showcase your personal brand. If you have your own website, for example, you can use your website branding here to keep things consistent across all the platforms you use.
Write a compelling summary
In your summary, don’t just list all the skills and experiences listed elsewhere on your page, but instead use them as a place to tell your story. It’s a place to talk about what makes you tick, what you do in your spare time, the trip you’ve taken, or what you like best about the role you hold. Just like your introduction on your resume, this is your chance to really stand out and connect with like-minded people.
When filling out your profile, be selective about what information you include. You want your profile to highlight the strongest aspects of your skills and experiences, so just like a CV, don’t list everything you’ve done. If you are looking for a pharmacovigilance position, only highlight the skills and experiences that would stand out for this position.
Be specific about your skills
When it comes to listing your skills, quality is better than quantity. Think about the skills that are most important for the positions you are applying for and focus on those in your profile. Also consider taking LinkedIn skills assessments; these will allow you to earn badges for your skills to prove the strength of your abilities, and will show you job recommendations based on your strongest areas.
Ask your current or previous employers, clients or colleagues to write a recommendation for your profile. Again, you don’t need to put together loads, but try to get a few really solid ones to showcase your accomplishments and give recruiters a deeper insight into how you work. You can also ask these people to approve some of your skills, but make sure that your approvals are genuine and are made by relevant relationships.
Get a free personal url
Customize your LinkedIn URL to improve your visibility in search results. It’s free, easy to set up, and it’s just a little thing you can do to help recruiters find you.
Be selective about the personal information you share
If you plan to network with people outside of your group of friends, family, and colleagues, be careful with the amount of personal information you include in your profile. If you upload a CV to your profile, follow our tips for staying safe when sharing your CV online. Do not send any personal information through LinkedIn, and if you are unsure of a request for personal information, contact the company directly.
Let people know you’re open to work
Let recruiters on LinkedIn know that you are open to new opportunities by activating the #OpenToWork feature on your profile. This will improve your chances of getting recruiters to connect with you and growing your network with relevant connections.
Add to your “Featured” section
The featured section of your profile is where you can highlight any articles you’ve written, interesting or popular posts you’ve shared, external links, and media including photos, videos, and posts. presentations. Use this section to showcase your best work and to explain to recruiters what you do in a more engaging way.
Keep your profile up to date
Make an effort to regularly update your LinkedIn profile, whether you are actively looking for a job or not. This will help you continue to grow your network even when you are not looking for a job, with relevant connections that could add value to your search later.
To be coherent
Make sure that what you put on your LinkedIn profile reflects the information you’ve provided to recruiters in resumes and applications. They shouldn’t see any discrepancies between the two, so be sure to cross-check what’s on your profile with what you’ve written in the supporting documents before sending in a lot of applications.
Expand your network…
Once you’ve created a solid profile, make growing your network with high-quality connections your next priority. Remember, it’s not about the number of connections you have, but rather the quality of those connections and the value they can add to your network.
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