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Recruiting LinkedIn Tips for Your Career
Keeping yourself relevant, fresh and up-to-date can be a part-time job. But spending just 15-30 minutes per week on LinkedIn will most definitely help you in the long-run. 175 million registered users can’t be wrong!
Consider the following tips:
1. Make sure your profile is current and accurate. Keywords are essential in the recruiting process, so be sure to use them. If your profile is inaccurate and incomplete, then you will be passed over by your competition who took the time to fill out the detail on their profile. Being too detailed on LinkedIn is okay, as this will increase the odds that your profile is viewed by a recruiter.
2. Write a stunning Summary directed to your target audience. Ensure the following:
– Add dynamic details to specify your goals
– Focus on your relevant professional experience
– Establish a direct dialogue with the person or audience you’d most like to connect with
– Keep it concise
3. Include a professional picture that doesn’t include others, such as family members, pets, spouse, etc.
4. Edit your Public Profile URL to something meaningful, such as your name or job title. For example if you are a network engineer, a smart choice might be LinkedIn.com/in/systemadministrator…if it’s still available.
5. Contact Info must be filled out completely so a recruiter can reach you. At a minimum you’ll need a current phone number and private (gmail for example) email address.
6. In Experience, tailor your skills to match the detailed job descriptions for each of your positions throughout your career, including keywords. Add recent information to your profile just after you deliver your services to the customer. The project size, details and deliverables will still be fresh in your mind.
7. Fill out the Education section completely including all colleges or universities you attended. You never know when an alumni connection may help you.
8. Skills & Expertise is an important keyword tool. Adding these skills helps recruiters find you when they search on the keyword.
9. Take it to the next step and add a few widgets to your profile such as Amazon reading list, Twitter or even a link to your blog.
– Copy/paste your LinkedIn recommendations into a Word document and post it on Box.net. You can use this when applying for jobs via email or sites that allow you to attach multiple documents.
– Take advantage of the new Add Sections feature listed under the main profile box on your Profile page. You can add certifications, honors, awards, languages, organizations, projects, patents, publications, test scores and volunteer experience, as well as a variety of Applications.
If you are having trouble deciding what type of content to add to your profile, an easy suggestion is to look for announcements regarding your employer, such as stock price announcements or “in the news” notifications. Copy the “about us” statement and add it to your profile under the correlating job history. Your profile may rise in search rankings since the web searches for relevancy.
Connect With Experts
Lastly, conduct online searches for whitepapers containing content in the subjects that interest you. Read the articles and send an invitation to the author(s) to connect with them on LinkedIn or via email. Tailor your invite by mentioning an interest that the author stated in their article. Add the article’s title in the subject line of an email or the body of the LinkedIn connection request to increase the chances of your message being read and responded to.
Once connected, keep communications going by asking their professional opinion. Ask questions such as:
– If you were in my shoes, what type of certifications or work experience should I focus on to help my career and give me the chance to work on cutting edge technology?
– What does it take to become a subject matter expert in your line of work?
Job seekers, any tips you have for using LinkedIn more effectively?
Jay PerreaultAugust 28, 2012
Are you looking to integrate your recruiting strategy into the mobile space?
I am looking forward to attending recruitDC tomorrow morning #recruitDC #Jobs2Web
recruitDC is bringing together the best and brightest in our local recruiting community to share our challenges with meeting demands that change daily – even hourly! The DC area is unique in recruiting – we have low unemployment even during a recession, we have many industries that cross cut geography and we have a national and international flair within a small hometown environment.
We are happy to bring to the DC area a leader in mobile recruiting, Michael Marlatt, to share with the DC community the key trends in mobile recruiting and how to integrate this into your recruiting strategy.
Who else is going?
#Jobs2Web, #recruitDC, mobile, recruitDC, recruiting
Jay PerreaultDecember 1, 2010
A message to all members of RecruitingBlogs.com
It’s Sunday so I figured instead of the normal radio silence from us at
RecruitingBlogs.com, I would show you a new site we are building called RecruiterTweets.com
We are going to be adding lots of great resources dealing with twitter
and recruiting and recruiters. If you have any resources you would like
us to add, please let me know.
Jay PerreaultMay 3, 2010
recruitDC “unconference” for recruiters by recruiters
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (ET)
recruitDC – a new, grassroots organization debuting its first ever event on May 26, 2010 at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC – aspires to create a sense of community amongst recruiting professionals in the DC metro area. The conference aims to unite metro-based recruiters in a venue conducive to collaboration, knowledge sharing and numerous learning opportunities geared at recruiting professionals seeking localized career development.
Jay PerreaultMarch 18, 2010
How to Improve Your Cold-Calling Skills
By Darren Dahl | Feb 26, 2010
Let’s face it: nobody really enjoys making cold calls. But sparking a connection remains a crucial skill to have whether you are a business owner, job seeker or even a volunteer looking to raise money. Here’s a guide to closing more deals with fewer dials.
Jay PerreaultMarch 17, 2010
Social Media Should Rock Your World
Ten Reasons to Participate in Social Media
By Susan M. Heathfield, About.com Guide
Social media participation is an essential tool in networking with professional contacts, making new contacts, recruiting employees, and keeping in touch with the world. If you’re not participating in the top social media and networking sites, the world is leaving you behind. Why not become involved on the social media Web sites while your participation can advance your career, help you obtain superior employees by enlarging your candidate pool, and enable you to easily stay in touch with coworkers and former coworkers at one location.
You will need to explore…
Counteroffers: Can You Spot the Warning Signs?
By Bill Radin
For a recruiter, no disaster compares to an accepted counteroffer. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that most of us would rather suffer a year’s worth of phone rejection than face those four fateful words, “I’ve changed my mind.”
To protect your investment in time…
The Danger of Playing it Safe When Hiring
Posted by Bob Corlett
Hiring can be made more predictable, but it cannot be made safe. Sooner or later you will make a hiring mistake. You will. You simply cannot avoid it, mistakes happen. But here is the problem: most managers work far harder to avoid making a hiring mistake than they work to ensure they hire top performers.
The 3 Dimensions to Recruiting Top Performers
by Neil LockhartSep 22, 2009, 5:48 am ET
This article, is based upon the book “Cultivating the Pearl” about recruiting top talent. It is scheduled for release early 2010. Neil Lockhart’s recent focus has been on recruiting in the construction industry. His recruiting experience dates back to 1997 with Hall Kinion, a technical staffing agency, where he received the Ultima Award in 2000 for outstanding billing. He has functioned as a technical recruiter at the agency level and as a corporate recruiter. As a corporate recruiter, he recruited top candidates for financial services, online media, advertising, sales/marketing, and technology positions.
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