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Posted March 28, 2016 by

11 quick LinkedIn tips

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Did you know 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to look for candidates? This means companies can find job seekers’ profiles and invite them for job interviews. For this to happen, though, job seekers need to make their profiles look appropriate. Adding their pictures and job titles is not enough anymore, as their LinkedIn profiles can be more important than their resumes. If job seekers want recruiters to visit their pages often and offer them great positions, here are some things they should consider.

1. Recommendations

Employers tend to pay a lot of attention not only to job seekers’ professional skills, but also to their corporate backgrounds. If applicants have proven to be excellent team workers at their previous jobs, they should seek recommendations from former bosses or colleagues. Ask some of them to write a couple of nice recommendations. Don’t exaggerate here, though. If applicants have had five jobs so far but have 15 recommendations, it might seem weird.

2. Write a longer headline

If you already have a job, but are open to new offerings, don’t just mention the company and your position there; it might be not enough to see what you do. Instead of writing, for example, “PR Manager at Example Company,” write “PR manager at Example Company: Helping big and small companies.”

3. Have enough connections

Having 50 connections on LinkedIn makes job seekers seem unfriendly, unprofessional, and unmotivated. Having 3000 contacts makes them look like they add everyone to their list of connections, and they don’t even care who’s there. Try to have a moderate number of connections, and you will be visible enough to make the network help your professional growth. Try to find all of your friends, former classmates, and colleagues if you’ve already worked somewhere.

4. Write only true information

We don’t want to lecture job seekers, but lying is unacceptable in the professional world. It concerns their LinkedIn profiles, too, particularly education and previous jobs. It is not only that recruiters can check everything, but it is also about ethics. Earning trust is an important step to professional success.

5. Be brief

No one likes to read lots of text, especially if it is not formatted correctly. Even if job seekers had tons of experience and they want to talk about it, they should organize it. Write a job title and describe your responsibilities point by point. Use headlines and short sentences; they are easier to comprehend.

6. Students can mention all the jobs they’ve had

Surely, when you are a big boss with 10 jobs behind, you can skip some of the gigs you’ve had such as pizza delivery or tutoring in college. However, college students or recent graduates might want to add at least some things to their work experience. Besides, most students do something during their college years. If they managed to study and freelance at the same time, they should mentions that. If students helped their professors grade papers, they can write about that too. Don’t leave a page blank; add at least something.

7. Choose the right picture for your profile

Don’t pick an Instagram-style photo or a cute picture with your pets; post casual photos on Facebook or elsewhere. Low-quality pictures are also not the best choice. Think of how you want potential employers to see you. The photo should be a recent, high-quality photograph where one can clearly see your face. You can also add a background picture; the best choice would be either a picture from some conference you participated in or some nature pic.

8. Write about your main skills, not all of them

We all know you are a talented person. However, if you are trying for an accountant job, recruiters probably don’t need to know you are a good cook. At the top of your LinkedIn page, your potential employer or recruiters need to see those skills suitable for them. Also, don’t mention the skills you don’t want to use in your next job. If you are tired of your current work where you need to design, for example, exclude this skill from your profile.

9. Add a decent email address

If your personal email address is dirtykitten@email.com or something like that, you probably want to get a new one. You must have had a laugh creating it, but now it is time to be more professional and to use your own name for your email address.

10. Don’t mention your age

Although all the companies say age discrimination doesn’t exist, that is not true. They always consider age when hiring. So, try not to mention it.

11. Make sure all is correct

Making mistakes in a LinkedIn profile is a no-no. Pay attention not only to grammar and spelling, but to style and formatting. Everything should be clear and understandable. Style should be formal and professional.

Try to look at your text as an objective reader, or better yet, show it to someone. Ask a friend, colleague, or professor to read it and correct the mistakes you might have missed.

A LinkedIn profile is much more important now than it was a couple of years ago. More and more professionals, companies, and headhunters create accounts and use them actively every day. Job seekers probably want to look equally experienced and professional on their pages, so spend enough time creating them and don’t be lazy.

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William Sarto is a marketer and content strategist working at the freelance writing board – gohunters.com. He shares his knowledge and experience in his articles based on current marketing trends and also provides actionable tips for students willing to build successful business careers. He is passionate about all new techniques and methods appearing in digital marketing. Working in one of the most fast changing industries requires many skills from young specialists, so if you have any questions feel free to contact Will @ twitter, Google+

Posted February 08, 2016 by

Job candidates: How to find them

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Organizations often overlook having an open house or another face-to-face meeting as a relatively inexpensive way to hire multiple people for one or more roles. The best candidates do not apply for jobs simply because they’re open to taking new jobs, and they happen to be qualified for jobs recruiters want filled. College students and recent graduates are far more likely to be interested in applying, interviewing, accepting job offers, and staying with a company for years if they understand the organization, the work environment, and the team they’d be working with from the beginning of the process. (more…)

Posted March 05, 2015 by

Avoid These 10 Mistakes and Land Your Dream Job

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Sarah Landrum

After you graduate, the real fun begins; and by fun I mean work. Let me rephrase that: After you graduate is when the real effort begins. All of the energy leading up to the fireworks of graduation quickly fades, and then it’s time to land a job.

Of course, you’re not looking for any job. You want to land your dream job.

Working toward your goal of landing that perfect job isn’t going to come without some effort. While the days and weeks after graduation might seem like the perfect time to relax and revel in the glory of all you’ve accomplished, quite the opposite is true.

Now is the time to buckle down and go confidently toward the career you worked so hard to achieve. To help bring your plans to fruition, avoid these 10 mistakes. After all, landing your dream job depends on it. (more…)

Posted September 25, 2014 by

Want a promotion? 5 Tips to Move Your Career Ahead

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Robin Ryan

“People lack initiative” says this Senior HR director sitting across from me. “They come to me and say ‘what do I need to do next to get promoted?’ It seems so obvious to me and yet they can’t see the opportunities in front of their faces.'”

Is she talking about you? Do you just expect your boss or HR to lead the way? You must take the lead in managing your own career. Managers and mentors can advise you but the real work starts with you. Here are 5 ways to move yourself and your career forward. (more…)

Posted September 04, 2014 by

Want to Get a Meeting to Discuss an Entry Level Job Opportunity? Tips to Help You Prepare

Before getting an entry level job, it is not a bad idea to learn more about the position and company by talking with someone.  If you want to getting a meeting to discuss a job opportunity, then learn some tips to help you prepare for a potential one in the following post.

Networking is the key to landing a job but people dread it even more than the idea of running a marathon. They’d rather push their bodies to the limit than put themselves in a potentially awkward situation with another human being. Surprisingly, networking and running a marathon share a common path to success – preparation. The more you prepare and train the easier it will be and the better you’ll perform. Unlike getting rock-hard abs, training for a networking coffee meeting will take you more than 5 minutes every day, but the additional 55 minutes will be well worth it.

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Posted August 07, 2014 by

10 Ways a Recent Graduate Can Manage Social Profiles When Searching for Jobs

As a recent graduate searching for jobs, it is important to carefully manage your social profiles.  Learn 10 ways to do so from an infographic in the following post.

For years, you’ve worked hard to get where you are now. They don’t just hand out those degrees to anyone, right? And yet just one rogue post, a moment of weakness perhaps, and your personal brand can take a serious hit. Which is why we love this infographic from BestMastersPrograms.com, which shows us ten

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Posted August 04, 2014 by

5 Ways Recruiters Believe Job Seekers on LinkedIn Can Stay Relevant

For job seekers who want to get noticed by recruiters on LinkedIn, the following post has five ways to stay relevant on the site.

As a recruiter and sourcer always looking for talent, I use LinkedIn on a daily (even hourly) basis. That probably comes as no surprise to active job seekers, most of whom understood that recruiters use LinkedIn as a modern day resume database. Here’s what may come as a surprise to you: LinkedIn doesn’t tell a recruiter who is an

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Posted July 02, 2014 by

Think You’ve Found Your Dream Entry Level Job? 10 Signs that Prove You Right

Let’s say that during your entry level job search, you find an opportunity that you believe is perfect for you.  How will you know if it is?  In the following post, learn 10 signs that prove you have found your dream job.

Many dream of landing the perfect job. But do we really know what that means? Is it a specific company? The size of the company, or the location? Successful work-life integration? Four-day work weeks? Maybe a casual dress-code and Friday happy hours? Surprisingly enough, ultimately our vision of a

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Posted May 27, 2014 by

Employers, Are You Training Workers for Entry Level Jobs? Why You May Want to

When hiring for entry level jobs, employers might want to consider training workers for these positions.  Learn why in the following post.

If there is a future area of strength you know the business will need in general, plant the seeds in entry-level training, whether a trainee’s first job requires it or not. By improving the processes for cultivating your newest and…

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Posted April 29, 2014 by

Are You Social Media Savvy When Searching Jobs for Recent College Graduates?

If you are using social media to search jobs for recent college graduates, check out tips from an infographic in the following post to make the most of this form of networking.

Almost everyone now knows that employers are pre-screening applicants on social media, getting to know the real you (not the polished, on-your-best-behavior job interview version) before they ever make contact for an interview. But do we know exactly what they are looking for when they check us

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