18 Surefire Ways to help Recruiters find you on LinkedIn – part 2
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10. Choose the right industry. If you’ve been on LinkedIn for a while, you may have your industry set to represent your old job. But if you’re making a career change and searching for work outside of this industry, you’re going to have a hard time being found unless you change your settings. Remember to update this important part of your profile to reflect what you’re really looking for.
11. Become active in groups . LinkedIn groups offer a great opportunity for showing your expertise and how you interact with others, and recruiters certainly know this. They regularly check out relevant industry groups to find out who might be qualified and available for positions that they have to offer. Stay active, and find the right groups that will get you noticed.
12. Take another look at your summary. Your LinkedIn summary is essentially a cover letter to recruiters and employers, so it’s very important that you take this part seriously. Share a look into who you are and what you offer, remembering to include relevant keywords and even industry buzzwords that will create instant recognition.
13. Be accessible . Putting your phone number and email in the Summary section won’t help recruiters find you any faster, but they’ll be a lot more likely to reach out to you if this information is readily available. Be sure to share it anywhere that is relevant.
14. Ask for targeted recommendations . Recommendations are yet another great place to find keywords, in addition to boosting your profile’s weight. When requesting recommendations, ask that they discuss certain aspects of your work that will naturally lead to the keywords you’d really like recruiters to find you with. In some cases, it’s even appropriate to pre-write a recommendation yourself, and send it to your contact to approve, edit, and post.
15. Ask for recommendations, period. The more recommendations you have, the higher you’re going to come up in searches, and the better you’ll look to recruiters who want to find proven candidates. Ask anyone that you think has something relevant to offer in the way of a recommendation, especially coworkers and superiors.
16. List every job. On a resume, it’s typically wise to simply list your last three jobs, but on LinkedIn, listing every single one can really work in your favor. You can reconnect with more former coworkers, and even show up in search results if recruiters look for people who worked for a certain company.
17. Avoid using a fake job. Some job seekers list “My Next Job” as their most current position, and this is a really bad idea. It’s confusing to recruiters when you come up in search results, and it is frankly a little off-putting. Instead, be sure to effectively list what you’re looking for in your summary and headline.
18. Think local . Although some workers are willing to travel or relocate for a position, it is simply too daunting for recruiters to consider this in a search for candidates, and it is extremely likely that they will confine their search to the local area where jobs are located. That means you’ve got to make sure your location is correct in your profile. Forbes also recommends that you search for other people on LinkedIn within 25 to 50 miles of your zip code, identifying your “competition” and connecting with each of them to show recruiters that you’re locally networked.
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