Many job seekers use LinkedIn to find their next job opportunity, but not everyone knows how to create a profile that will get them noticed by recruiters. Check out our top tips for an attention-getting LinkedIn profile.
Start with a professional photo. Users with a profile photo get up to 21 more times views than those without. Stand out from the crowd and add a background image. You can upload a photo or use one of LinkedIn’s custom images.
Create a personalized headline. LinkedIn automatically creates a headline based on your current position, however, you can re-write it to highlight your skills or expertise. An example might be, “Passionate Health Care Professional with Experience in Home Health Settings.”
Write a summary. The “About” section allows you to give a brief snapshot of your background, experience, and skills. Recruiters will get a better sense of what you have to offer that’s not listed in your job descriptions.
List all work experience. Make sure you’ve listed all of your jobs (current and past employment), with a brief description of your duties and accomplishments. Use bullet points so recruiters can easily read through your profile.
Add education. Add any higher education such as an Associates, Bachelors, or Masters degree if relevant.
Include relevant skills. Many recruiters search for candidates by the skills they list on their profile. You can include up to 50 skills to showcase your top talents.
…….And if you REALLY want to Stand Out Make your profile top-notch by including volunteer work, any courses you’ve completed, licenses or certifications, languages spoken (many companies are seeking bi-lingual applicants), and interests.
You can even ask former co-workers and managers for recommendations.
Let your personal brand shine with an eye-catching LinkedIn profile!