Being connected to recruiters could save you time if you are unemployed or looking for a change of role. What is better than letting great opportunities come to you?
With the rise of social media and networking platforms such as LinkedIn, recruiters are becoming head-hunters. Armed with their latest roles, they are on the hunt for new candidates, active or passive.
Obviously, with the immense size of the network on LinkedIn, some candidates will escape their attention. If you are a potential candidate, how do you get noticed by recruiters? How do you attract the right recruiters, the ones who will offer you the opportunity you want?
Polish your LinkedIn Profile
This may seem obvious, but we have seen too many people neglect it. Your LinkedIn profile should be well polished to attract others. Your LinkedIn profile should be a more simplified and to the point version of your CV (or it can be the same).
As for your resume, your LinkedIn profile needs details. Explain your role and contribution to your most recent and relevant employment. It doesn't have to be long; just enough, so people have a brief understanding of your work. If you work with specific technologies, add them in your headline as it will help recruiters who are looking for niche skills to find you more easily.
Keep in mind that the 'About' section is there to sell yourself. A snappy, short paragraph describing you and/or your skills will be an excellent invitation to recruiters to carry on reading.
List your skills and competencies
As we mentioned earlier, it is worth listing the technologies you are familiar with. LinkedIn offers you the possibility to list your skills and let connections endorse them. Endorsements provide more credibility, backing-up what you are saying. It is also wise to mention technologies, languages or competencies you have gained throughout the years, which cannot be put in the latest experience. The list can help you gain more traffic on your profile when recruitment consultants are doing their searches.
Education, to add or not to add?
People have mixed views about this section, is it really important or not? For professionals with years and years of experience behind them, maybe not so much, but for young professionals, it can be beneficial. This section can include the name of the establishment, the title of the degree(s) or certificate(s) and the year it was gained. It doesn't have to be more detailed than this, and it can help you attract the 'right' recruiters.
If you haven't listed all of your experience, then the date of the relevant certificate will also act as a guide to say if you are the person head-hunters are looking for. Depending on the opportunity they have, consultants can search for people with X years of experience or select a range of time from graduation. It helps then to filter junior and senior candidates, speed up their search and mainly avoid approaches for a job that is not relevant.
Be in control of your account
In addition to a well-presented profile, a few settings can really help to increase your visibility online.
Settings & Privacy -After heading to the ‘settings & privacy’ section go to 'Job seeking preferences’ and optimise your profile. You can change the application settings, adding a formal CV if you prefer. You can let recruiters know that you are open to new opportunities, create job alerts and let consultants aware of your interest and others.
Career Interests - This tool is a favourite one of many active job seekers. In your 'profile dashboard' is a 'career interest' section which lets recruiters know you are open to approach. It also guides recruiters as to what type of positions you are interested in which saves both parties time. It also offers you the possibility to change your professional status to ‘actively applying, ‘casually looking', ‘open to offers' and ‘not open to offers'. You can insert examples of job titles and locations you would consider here, plus a selection of employment types you would be interested in.
All those suggestions should help you gain more visibility and get you noticed by recruiters.
However, there are a few more things you can do to enhance your LinkedIn profile, including becoming a head-hunter yourself! Follow recruitment agencies that are relevant to your field, connect with their recruiters, and you will attract others. LinkedIn also suggests profiles of connections of your network, so the more you are in contact with recruiters, the more you will be asked to join your network.
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