Of all the job searching tools on the internet, LinkedIn has to be one of the most successful; used by millions of work professionals and employers across the world, it is one of the best ways to seek out related job titles to fit your work profile. The often-tedious practice of completing detailed applications when applying for job roles is thankfully avoidable, thanks to LinkedIn; however, this accessibility has meant that more candidates than ever are using the site to impress employers and try to convince them that they are the ‘perfect’ person for the job. This makes it difficult to stand out in the crowd, so if you really want your profile to leap out at companies, here’s a few tips on how to conduct yourself to have a better chance of being hired through this lucrative social media site! Additionally, if you feel like you’re ready to apply via LinkedIn, why not prepare yourself with a well designed, professionally written CV/ resume courtesy of us here at Hashtag CV?
Write Your Profile like a ResumeUsers sometimes forget that LinkedIn is designed to be used as an extension of your resume/ CV; always keep this in mind when updating your profile and use it to reinforce and add to claims you’ve stated in your application documents. It sounds like common-sense, but filling in every section of your profile before sending it to employers is very important; you wouldn’t leave out a section on a normal application, why do it on your LinkedIn profile?
Build your Contact List
LinkedIn was essentially designed for efficient networking, with creating and maintaining a strong contact with a potential employer being one of the best ways you can boost chances of having a successful application with them. This way, even if your application is somewhat “glossed over” you can still receive (hopefully) constructive feedback from them about where you might have gone wrong, or just simply to direct their attention to yourself in a positive way. However, keep in mind our next point…
Don’t annoy Employers/ Companies
Rejection can be harder to take for some than others. If you haven’t been selected for an interview or job role following certain application processes, take it on the chin and move on; nobody likes a ‘sore loser’ and by annoying or berating an employer, your chances of getting hired after all aren’t going to increase! However, as aforementioned, definitely get in touch with an employer if you want to get some positive feedback; there’s nothing wrong with learning to improve for future applications.
Don’t Apply with a Half-finished Profile
This has been covered but just for emphasis; make sure that your profile is COMPLETELY filled out! Nothing says ‘lazy’ and ‘incompetent’ like a lazily written, unfinished profile page. After all, a LinkedIn page is meant to highlight an individual’s strengths; if it goes unfilled, what does that say about that person? Even if your experience has not been numerous, make sure that each section is coherently written (perhaps using bullet points where necessary) and isn’t a copy of your CV, rather each section should go into greater detail concerning the finer point of your educational/ work experiences.
George is a 22-year-old graduate from Cardiff University, having studied Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, where he wrote news articles and interest pieces for various student magazines. He currently lives just outside of Birmingham, playing records and DJing in his spare time.