23rd February 2015 • Paul Chaffe
We recruiters rely on LinkedIn and are on it every day looking for the most talented individuals to fill our vacancies, so if you're on the lookout for opportunities then it's imperative that your LinkedIn profile is the best it can be.
Here is our step-by-step guide to improving your profile and helping you to get head-hunted for your next role.
It is important to not only have a recent photo but to also ensure it is professional – a picture of you out on a Saturday night is not suitable for LinkedIn – it's a business network.
Ensure your profile headline stands out and shows you are on the look-out for a job if currently unemployed, or your contract has come to an end, for example, 'Naval Architect looking for new opportunities'.
Ensure the important keywords of your job title are in your headline to help recruiters to find you – Naval Architect working on successor programme, would cover all bases. Consider including what you do alongside your industry/ current project.
Provide an up-to-date summary, listing your role and main responsibilities, and if you're looking to move, what your next career move is. Ensure it reads well, comes across as personable and professional.
Ensure you list your complete work history with a list of your responsibilities and skills there, this helps employers/recruiters find out more about your capabilities and past experience. Provide a great career story and builds a bigger picture of your overall capabilities.
Ask past employers, collegues to write recommendations for you to show you are a good employee, it's great to have someone to vouch for you.
List your main skills and expertise and get endorsed for these by others to boost your reputation.
Show off your latest projects, presentations, documents, links to your website and blog, anything you feel would be important to show off your expertise.
There is no point having the perfect profile and sitting there to wait for someone to stumble upon it, as when job hunting you must be active on LinkedIn to get your name out there.
Join relevant LinkedIn groups as they are a great way to network with your peers, discuss industry news and find the latest jobs. As well as recruiters spotting your posts in these networks, your peers may also be able to provide advice and put you in contact with someone in the industry.
Status updates – share helpful, insightful status updates every working day, this way you will stay at the top of your network and at the forefront of everyone's minds.