Whether you’re actively looking for the next step in your career or just open to hearing about new opportunities, LinkedIn is an excellent resource. But how do you make the most of it?
- Check your status: The Privacy Settings in your profile includes a button labeled “Let recruiters know that you’re open to new opportunities.” Checking “Yes” helps you show up in recruiter searches matching your career interests.
- Check your mail: Push InMails to your email. Under the Communications tab, set “Messages from Members” to “Yes” so you always know when a recruiter or hiring manager is reaching out.
- Check your facts: Do the start and dates on your resume match up with your profile? Big discrepancies in dates and titles will be a red flag to recruiters and hiring managers.
- Include an updated resume, your email address, and a current portfolio link (if applicable) on your profile.
- Describe your current and past experience. Prioritize details that are relevant to the job you seek.
- Expand your network in a thoughtful way. Send a short intro with your invite and respond with a purpose when your new connecting accepts.
- Your Summary/Bio is the best place for your “elevator pitch.” This quick intro should leave a positive impression about who you are, what you do, and why you are doing it. Let people get to know you without having to read a novel.
- Keywords: Fill your skills section with relevant technology, programming languages, activities, and certifications.
- A clean headshot is all you need. Avoid unprofessional options like a car selfie (complete with SnapChat filter), a poorly edited group shot (whose arm is that?), or your cat.
- Feel free to include a little bit about your hobbies, passion projects, and volunteer work.
- Remove irrelevant jobs from your bio (food service, child care, etc), but do include volunteer work.
- When a recruiter reaches out, take a moment to engage with them. Even if the job isn’t a great match, or if you’re genuinely not looking right now – things can change on a dime. You can always reach back out to them 6-months or a year from now if your situation changes.
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from the desk of Amy Porter, Sr. Creative Consultant in Chicago