Maximize your Linkedin account
Getting the most out of Linkedin does take some work, but the basics do not take long and offer obvious potential benefits.
- Connecting with others is what LinkedIn is all about, and adding connections is the only way that others will be able to find you. The fewer degrees of separation between you and the right recruiter or hiring manager, the better.
- Joining groups in your specialty area not only makes you more visible to others, but it shows you are involved in the community that you want to be recruited in and it allows you to read helpful posts and job descriptions that are only accessible to members of that group..
- Keywords are used on Linkedin just like they are on job boards. Put some thought into what you want to be recruited for and the terms that a recruiter might use when searching for someone with that expertise - use them early and often.
- Include any details you think a prospective employer might look for: certifications, relevant work experience, education, and what type of work you are interested in hearing about. Some people include their entire resume or even phone number and email address if they really want to maximize their accessibility.
- Download our Maximizing your LinkedIn Profile guide
Update your resume on the job boards
The job boards are considered a necessary evil to some, but they remain a considerable part of hiring in most industries. A recent study showed 25% of all external hires come from job boards. When you are approaching the end of a contract, update your resume online with your latest experience. Recruiters will be using keywords to search for your resume, so be sure you put some thought into what words a recruiter might use when looking for someone with your skills. Again, be sure to use them early and often!
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