More than 90 percent of recruiters use LinkedIn to find talent, plus LinkedIn is a great platform for global networking with other professionals in your field. In a 21st-century job search, your LinkedIn profile can be at least as important as your resume.
LinkedIn offers a multitude of features to promote yourself as a candidate, and these are constantly changing as the technology evolves. In addition, although LinkedIn allows you to simply upload your resume, this is not the most effective way to present yourself on this platform.
At ResumeSOS, we translate your resume using the right language and tone to attract recruiters and HR talent coordinators to optimize your results.
Key Sections of Your LinkedIn Profile Include:
Headline: Don’t default to using your current/most recent job title. Use these 120 characters to offer a concise statement of your personal brand and the unique value you have to offer.
Summary (About): This is your chance to tell your story in a brief (2,000 characters) narrative about your passions and your professional successes.
Skills: The importance of this section is two-fold. First, the 50 skills listed here will influence how you rank in recruiter or employer searches, much the same way a “meta-file” works on a website. Secondly, your LinkedIn connections can “endorse” you for various skills, which adds to your credibility as an expert in your field.
Recommendations: Recommendations (not to be confused with endorsements) are your online letters of reference from coworkers, customers, and others who are familiar with your professionalism and expertise. There is a strategy for seeking these recommendations, and we can show you how.
As LinkedIn’s importance and influence on the job search process have grown over the past decade or so, we at ResumeSOS.com have stayed on the leading edge of how to help candidates leverage the platform to advance their search. We are ready to do the same for you.
Don’t wait for opportunities to fall into your lap—get in touch with us at ResumeSOS and we’ll show you can set up yourself for success. Give us a call and get the confidence you need to crush your next job interview.