If you are currently comfortable and truly satisfied with where you are in your career as of the moment, there’s a huge chance that you’ve completely ignored or forgotten your LinkedIn profile. Sure, you add in a few people that you’ve recently met but that’s about it.
But what if we tell you that some recruiting officer from a company that offers your dream job is currently trawling the web for potential employees? That future employee could be you! Except that your LinkedIN profile is as lifeless as planet Mars. How about a Linkedin profile overhaul tonight? Below are expert tips to get that recruiting officer to call you when he or she comes across your LinkedIn profile!
1. Allot a specific amount of time to do the overhaul.
An overhaul means making sure that you have completely filled out each section in your profile. The more complete it looks and reads, the greater chances of a recruiter clicking your profile. After all, these recruiter wants to know what your skills are, where you used to work, and what the people in your network think about your abilities. To ensure that you have religiously filled out each section, you need to set aside enough time to make your profile the most awesome of ‘em all! Kidding aside, consider adding this task to your MITs (most important tasks) on a certain day.
2. Use a profile photo that is by turns appropriately professional in your industry and conveys an air of positive energy.
You do not want to upload that photo in which you look like someone just broke up with you and you went on a drinking spree with your friends hours before the headshot was taken. By and large, your photo should convey passion, charisma, and positive energy. Here’s one guy who self-experimented with several profile photos in LinkedIn to figure out which photo can significantly help him explore and close business opportunities. In addition, it may also help that you check out photos of people in the same industry as yours and observe how they present themselves.
3. Create a stellar yet subtle headline.
Here’s the caveat, while you may think about putting in tons of adjectives (or keywords) into your headline to make it stand out, you might want to back out for a moment and channel the inner Steve Jobs in you. Remember Jobs’ love for simplicity? Use the same approach when creating your headline. Succinctly present yourself to your target audience by answering this question: why should I click your profile and learn more about you? Keep in mind that your profile headline is the first to grab a reader’s attention.
4. Use words that are commonly utilized in job descriptions or “skills required” part of the position you’re after.
This strategy will most likely work to your advantage as recruiters tend to look out for those words that are in their job descriptions. Ensure that these words are sprinkled throughout your profile but take care not to overdo it.
5. Do not be afraid to add in words or phrase that will make your reader get to know you better.
Recruiters are looking for humans not robots. Don’t be afraid to express yourself by mixing in your personal style to your profile. Show your enthusiasm by using words that express such positive energy.
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