Need help in your job search? Here are LinkedIn profile tips for job seekers
It’s amazing that when it launched in 2003, LinkedIn garnered the attention of barely 20 new signups per day. But now you are visiting the site and you will be lost among tons of profiles, names, job titles and status updates. It’s easier to ignore your LinkedIn profile when you’re not looking for a job, but while searching for a job, you might need some LinkedIn profile tips to stay on top.
When you’re happy with your current job, you can use your profile to connect with people you meet at some of the networking events or just to accept connection requests as they come in. But do you keep it up to date even when you’re not? in job search mode? I really doubt it. Although not recommended at all, as the recruiter from your dream company might offer you a job or HR professionals will approach you, but you miss this opportunity. But when using LinkedIn for job searching, you might need a complete profile overhaul. We’ve got you covered with these LinkedIn profile tips that could help you turn your profile into one of the most creative LinkedIn profiles.
LinkedIn profile tips for job seekers:
- Take the time to complete your profile. Just mentioning a few details will get you nowhere. Once the recruiter opens your profile, they want to know more about you, including the companies you’ve worked with, your years of experience, and what skills you have.
- Upload a friendly and professional photo. Don’t know what’s professional enough? Browse the profiles of recruiters and employees of your target company; download something that matches this level.
- Highlighting non-professional accomplishments is just as important to attracting more recruiters to review your profile and consider you for the position they currently hold. Almost 42% of recruiters admit that volunteering experience in a profile is as important as work experience.
- Have at least 50-70 connections, so you don’t come across as someone who knows very few people or is afraid to connect with people on social media or LinkedIn. But don’t go overboard and connect with people you don’t know.
- Customizing your profile URL while using LinkedIn for job search can be beneficial. How to do? In the Edit Profile section, under your Basic Information, you will see a Public Profile URL; click “Edit,” then specify what you want your address to be. Click on “Set Custom URL” when you are done.
- Even when you are unemployed, you need to include something in your current job entry. Recruiters typically use the current job title box to search for candidates because they don’t want to find someone who was a graphic designer for 20 years but is now in something totally different. If you are unemployed, mention the job title you are targeting and in the Company box, say something like âLooking for a new opportunityâ or âIn transitionâ, instead of leaving it blank.