By Nate Pedronan, Senior Resume Consultant
October 4, 2017
Over 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find high-quality candidates. If you are still only using online job boards to search and apply for your next career, you are most likely missing out on interviews.
A solid resume is a must, but LinkedIn is a powerful tool that can help to build or break your personal professional brand. When used correctly and a few updates can help land you a life changing opportunity.
Here are some tips to help you attract employers and land your next dream job.
1. Use A LinkedIn Photo
LinkedIn profiles with photos get 21 times more profile views and 36x more messages
2. Fill Up Your 'Skills' Section:
LinkedIn profiles that list skills get 13 times more profile views
3. Review Your Settings:
Do you have the right settings? Is your network/employer being notified that you are making updates to your LinkedIn? Is your profile set to ‘public’ so recruiters can find you when they search for passive candidates? Do a quick check to make sure you are correctly calibrated.
4. Update Your Profile When Applying:
There are over 10 million active job listings on LinkedIn (9/2017, LinkedIn). After you apply for a job, chances are they will be reviewing your profile.
5. Follow Groups & Companies:
Did you know recruiters search for professionals who are ‘engaged with their brand’? When we see candidates that follow our company/competitors that is a signal that someone is more likely to be interested in our jobs!
6. Update Recent Employment:
Keeping your positions up to date makes you 18 times more likely to be found in searches by members and recruiters
7. Connect With Recruiters:
The average recruiter is connected to over 616+ professionals on LinkedIn – don’t be shy, add them! The bigger your network is on LinkedIn the better your chances.
There are many intricacies regarding LinkedIn strategy so let me know if this information was useful in the comments below. Also feel free to email me questions you may have: firstname.lastname@example.org