You’ve finally decided to start a profile on LinkedIn (after reading all about the benefits of using LinkedIn to find a job here, no doubt!) and patiently sit back waiting for a recruiter to come calling. But after weeks of not getting a bite, you wonder if there is anything you can do to improve the performance of your LinkedIn profile? Why, yes…there is! A LinkedIn profile can easily be worked with so that you stand out from your peers in a positive way.
Let’s look at a few ways to capture the attention of the best hiring companies with 10 expert tips for creating an outstanding LinkedIn profile.
#2 – Strong summary standout
Just as you will on your resume, the LinkedIn profile gives you a great space to create a strong summary of skills and achievements. Use this well by drafting up a 3 sentence summary that tells others who you are about. Add a bulleted list of your top 5 attributes just below this. Hint: write it in a word processing product and paste it in.
#3 – Make it job search friendly
There are a growing number of companies that utilize LinkedIn recruitment tools. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is friendly to this system by lining up your last 3 jobs in the right format. Highlight your skills and use a professional catch line next to your image to make your applications “pop”.
#7 – Use the right keywords
Recruiters use specific simply keyword phrases when seeking out the best candidates. Keep this in mind as you develop your LinkedIn profile. Avoid being too wordy or using obtuse phrases. Think about how recruiters will search for you. If you are a writer, you are not a “wordsmith”, for example.