We recently chatted with Donna Svei, a career search expert and author of the AvidCareerist blog on how to use LinkedIn to your advantage while job searching. Read the full Q&A here. While LinkedIn alone may not land you the job, recruiters will be searching for you online to find out as much as possible prior to offering the initial interview.1 Use LinkedIn as a valuable tool to help boost your chances of receiving an interview and supporting your application and resume.
Here are the highlights of our interview and the key pieces of a LinkedIn profile she recommends you focus on.
Upload professional photo
First impressions count. Be sure to have a professional headshot that showcases your professional attire and confident smile. Do not include other people, pets, or other objects in the shot – make this all about you.
Be sure to include a clear summary, highlighting your qualities and skills
Here is your chance highlight what makes you unique, and what skills you bring to the company compared to other applicants. Include a ‘Specialties’ subsection – be sure to include keywords from relevant job descriptions.
Ask instructors, professors, managers and others who can attest to your soft and technical skills for endorsements
Endorsements and recommendations from those who know you back up your claims and bring your LinkedIn resume to life. Even skills such as being on time or exceptionally motivated are beneficial and demonstrate to a hiring manager you are the right candidate for the job.
Complete your profile!
LinkedIn will not show your profile as often to recruiters if it is not complete. Consider all activity shared on your profile a part of your interview and only share updates that are relevant to employers or your future positions.
Is your profile ready to go, but not sure how to network? Continue reading here to see the best method of growing your LinkedIn network.
1Arruda, William. “9 Reasons Why You Must Update Your LinkedIn Profile Today.” Forbes Magazine, 27 July 2013.