7 tips to getting noticed on LinkedIn
Posted by Loren Von Sternberg
Looking for a new role? Not sure where to start the job search? Frustrated with your current role but not sure what to do next to make use of your skills? If any of these questions hit home then maybe its time to broaden your horizons and start having serious conversations about your career. One of the best ways to find out about new roles and finding out about opportunities that match your current and future needs is to speak to a specialist headhunter/recruiter. They are able to give you information and advice on the market as they are speaking to people like you every day. They will have good relationships with their clients who may even be able to create a bespoke role for you and introduce you to companies and roles you may not have even thought of. So how do you get noticed by the right headhunter? 1. Make sure you have an up to date LinkedIn profile. Put some time in to show the real you and stand out from the crowd. The more information you have in the profile, the more targeted roles and information you will receive. Make sure you fill in every section – one of the areas that people commonly leave out is education. If you have studied hard for an industry recognised qualification make sure you have included this – it may be the difference in you getting the job and the salary you are offered! If you regularly update your experience and skill set as your role develops, or you work on a new project, it will mean you can catch the eye of the right person at the right time. 2. Make sure you have an appropriate photo. Yes, you may have looked great in that suit as an Usher at your mate's wedding, but if you are holding a glass of champers then this is not the professional look you want to convey to future employers. Make sure you look neat, tidy and professional and remember a smile goes a long way! 3. Use your headline. Make sure you keep it short and sweet and personalised. By using this instead of the standard job title and including some keywords that appeal to your audience and your sector you will attract more profile views and so you appear higher in searches. 4. Include any professional achievements. You can include this in your Summary section. If you have been the top performer or have won industry awards, then this is your opportunity to show off your hard work. Any web links, videos or media can also be included in your summary to back this up. Alternatively, why don’t you include some innovative ideas you have implemented in your current company/role. When the reader sees your profile, this will highlight how great you are, and people will want to come to you to talk about new and more challenging roles – maybe even a career path you haven’t thought of (or knew existed) before! 5. Get yourself recommended! This is an opportunity for colleagues, managers, clients, and peers to talk about how great you are. What better way to impress a future employer than by having people you have worked with take the time to write a paragraph about how fantastic you are in your job. Start reaching out today – it may even prompt you to mention tasks, projects or personal traits you had forgotten about, or took for granted (as well as boosting your professional ego!) 6. Keep yourself relevant in your specialist market. Share and post interesting articles, blogs and any industry relevant content (not guess how many jelly beans are in the jar) to your network. This will increase your profile visibility and ensure you are seen as a leader in your field. 7. Finally, update your privacy settings to open to opportunities. This is hidden from your current employer and means you can be approached by specialist headhunters with relevant, targeted and specific roles – potentially even before the role has gone out to market! Go on, try out these tips today – you never know it may be the first step towards your dream job….