According to LinkedIn.com there are over 800 million LinkedIn users and profiles worldwide making it extremely easy for your profile to get lost in the mix. That is why your LinkedIn profile has to stand out and reflect all of your skills. If you’re struggling to get noticed, here are a few of our best tips to help your profile bumped up to the top of the list.
First and foremost you want your profile to look good, you want to look professional and the very first thing that users and recruiters will see is your profile photo. Because of this, you want a photo that looks clean, so, having a professional head-shot would be best, however, if you don’t have one check out our blog to learn how to take a professional-looking head-shot right from your phone.
Once you have a good photo, the second thing recruiters will notice is your summary, so here you want to put something that will draw the hiring manager into wanting to read your profile more. This can be similar to what you might put as a summary on your resume, but this is also a great place to talk about your skills, motivations, and interests along with your performance history and achievements.
Moving down the list of sections on the LinkedIn profile, you’ll also want to fill in your location to the nearest metro area or area in which you intend to work. Most recruiters are looking to seek candidates in their area to call for an interview, so leaving these sections incorrect or blank may cause you to get passed over.
A Complete and Concise Profile Makes a Difference
To get noticed, you essentially want to fill out as much of your LinkedIn profile as possible and streamline your content to make it easier for a recruiter to find the information they are looking for. This means being sure to pick the industry you are interested in, showcasing your up-to-date current work history, and creating a full list of skills on your profile. Most recruiters are going to look for these three things once they land on your profile, so being able to guide them through your skill-set and experience makes the process easier for them and betters the chances you’ll receive an interview.
LinkedIn is a crowded space but following the steps outlined above should enable you to stand out as businesses search for potential job candidates and help land you that coveted interview.