If you are searching for your next job opportunity, LinkedIn can be a fantastic tool not only for you to find a job matching your criteria but also for recruitment professionals to find you!
Oscar’s team often use LinkedIn to search for potential candidates who possess the skill set, qualifications, and experience they require to fill a job role.
So how can you help us to find you?
By keeping your profile fully updated and making a few easy changes, you can ensure that your page will appear in the search results for vacancies which match your requirements.
Here are our top five tips to help Headhunters find your profile on LinkedIn.
1. UPLOAD A PROFILE PHOTO
A LinkedIn profile without a picture appears incomplete or unused - leading a Recruiter to question whether you actually spend any time on the network and whether your details are up to date.
The ideal profile photo will be recent, professional (not taken in a bar or nightclub!), and sized to show your head and the top of your torso.
To make your photograph stand out, consider switching from a colour image to black and white – but steer clear of Instagram filters or similar.
2. UPDATE YOUR SKILLS
When recruiters are searching on LinkedIn to fill a role, they will often search for potential candidates by the “skills” they have listed in their profile.
List the skills you possess which are relevant to your industry, and ask your colleagues and clients to “endorse” you for the ones that they have seen you use. This will reaffirm your abilities to anyone viewing your profile.
Be honest with your skills – using a piece of software once or sitting in on one seminar does not make you an expert, and it will harm your credibility if a recruiter questions you on an “area of expertise” which it turns out you know very little about.
3. BECOME AN “ALL-STAR”
LinkedIn will rank the strength of your profile by the level of information you have listed - from Beginner to All-Star.
Include your previous job roles and responsibilities, education and qualifications, so Recruiters viewing your profile can get a clear picture of your skills and experience in order to decide whether if you’re a perfect fit for their vacancy.
Writing a short summary of your experiences and key skills will help you stand out from other candidates, and also optimise your profile for keywords and search terms.
4. UPLOAD YOUR PORTFOLIO
This relatively new feature on LinkedIn allows you to upload documents including images, videos, websites and presentations to your profile.
Showcasing your previous work is particularly important in the technology sector for positions such as software and web developers who can visually show Recruiters and Clients their skills and level of expertise through the strength of their portfolio.
Upload examples of past work from projects which are most relevant to the job role you are looking for and place a link to your full portfolio on your website if you have one.
5. FOLLOW OSCAR’S EXPERTS!
To keep up to date with the latest news, conversations, and vacancies, follow Oscar’s LinkedIn page.
From the Oscar page, use the “Employees on LinkedIn” link to find and connect with our Recruitment Consultants who specialise in your industry and region.
Our consultants post details of their new job vacancies on their LinkedIn profiles - so by following our team you can find out about and apply for the latest opportunities before anyone else.
6. LET RECRUITERS KNOW YOU'RE AVAILABLE
To signal to recruiters and employers that you are open to new career opportunities, LinkedIn has recently added a brand new feature!
Once you are logged into LinkedIn, select the "Jobs" tab and then "Preferences." From there, you will be able to select a display that you are looking to find a new job and be able to select more details about your ideal role - from preferred sectors to job seniority - or make sure recruiters only get in touch with jobs matching your requirements.