Today finding a job takes more than replying to an advertisement in the paper. Having an online presence is vital and LinkedIn is a valuable resource when trying to find a job. According to recent data from Jobvite, a software and recruiting corporation, 87 percent of recruiters will check out your LinkedIn profile before contacting you about a position. Here is how you can maximize your account.
Rewrite your headline to reflect what you want people to see first. If you change anything on your profile, LinkedIn automatically changes your headline to your updated title. Try to write a compelling or unique headline that helps you to stand out.
The summary on your page is the equivalent of a cover letter. It will be read after lots of other details such as how many connections you have, your photo, and your title. The summary is where they will get a sense of you who are before reading further about what you have done. Before you start writing do these two things- look for leaders in your field and search for key terms they use to describe themselves and then ask yourself these questions-
Who am I at work and what original ideas have I brought to the table?
What core features and values make up my personality?
What particular perspectives do I bring to my field?
Finding what specific key terms to add is important because it will help your profile appear in search results. If you are unsure of what leadership roles to search, start by searching job titles in Google and reading job postings. After doing your research, write your summary! Make it original, keep it short, and remember to proofread.
Make sure that your profile is visible. Check the Privacy and Settings option and allow everyone to see it. Start adding connections. The more you have the better and this goes beyond your personal network. Add people in your industry as well as people you admire. This will also fill your newsfeed with great advice. Your responsibilities should be current. If you have switched jobs recently or received a promotion, let your profile reflect this.