Has a lack of activity on your LinkedIn profile page left you asking the question made famous by the 80’s hit song: “Don’t You Want Me?” Some wisdom from the ESP IT recruiting team in this second blog of our three-part LinkedIn Tips series will tell you how the middle of your LinkedIn page—the “experience” section—could be negatively impacting your professional image. While the opportunity to include as much IT work-history as desired can be an advantage for more seasoned IT pros, when used incorrectly the experience section may be holding you back. You won’t “be sorry” that you checked out our tips for cleaning up this tricky section.
LinkedIn has revolutionized the way recruiters and hiring managers are able to interact with IT consultants. The Clash may have been talking about a relationship dilemma in their hit song, “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” but with so many profiles on LinkedIn and limited time to look through them, IT recruiters can’t help but ask themselves that question in the first few seconds of viewing a LinkedIn profile. While this has ultimately been a positive change for all parties, the expectations that come along with an online presence can lead recruiters to feeling that an otherwise qualified IT pro will be “double trouble”. The ESP IT recruiting team is here to “let you know” what you can do with your photo and summary to make them “stay” on your page and consider you a viable candidate for your dream IT gig.
It isn’t just baseball players or other celebrities who need to be concerned about social media and what might show up when they get googled. More and more, your online reputation matters when it comes to making a career move or transitioning to your next IT contract gig. Don’t strike out when managing your online reputation. The World Wide Web has a surprising amount to say about you. Just as your office reputation is important, so is your online reputation whether you’re looking for a new IT gig or not. Don’t get yourself caught in a pickle. Play offensively to make sure you’re presenting your stats accurately by following these tips for managing your online presence.
Around 280 million people are on LinkedIn. 98% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find potential candidates. So distinguish yourself with the following tips.
Stand Out with your Summary Statement
Take the opportunity to show recruiters and future employers what sets you apart from other candidates with your summary statement. Avoid boring, generic sentences. Instead, showcase your passions within your industry and how you are able to add value to a future employer.
Emphasize Your Experience
With every post of current or previous experience you are able to add a link or upload a file. Use this tool to add papers, presentations, published documents, or link to online portfolios to give potential employers and recruiters a tangible piece of your abilities and experience.
-guest contributor, Joel Ingersoll
I’ve often suggested that LinkedIn could add an additional revenue stream by also functioning as a dating site for professionals. Beyond just including resume and professional groups that people belong to, most of us use our first day of work badge photo as our avatar giving us a well-manicured appearance that typical business casual doesn’t provide. And the recommendations! Just think of the blossoming of love that could come from an endorsement like this: “Tom is a hard worker and efficient. He sticks to the agenda in meetings and if you are willing to talk about network security, can expense your first date.” Zesty!
No one likes the tedious process of filling out an online job application. The hassle of typing in your information and job history into separate boxes over and over again can cause many applicants to walk away midway through the process, or not begin the application at all. *
LinkedIn plans to launch a new tool meant to streamline the application process for job applicants. Rather than fill out a separate application on every job board and individual company’s website, the Apply with LinkedIn button, will allow applicants to login to their LinkedIn accounts, answer only a few questions, and allow their LinkedIn profiles to do the rest.