“The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.” This quote from popular American columnist for The New York Times, Maureen Dowd is relatable to every human on the planet but is an eye opener for all employed adults. Well, making peace with the status quo and settling for less should never be an option as by doing so you stunt the growth of your career.
In this competitive job environment, if you are not moving forward, you are falling behind. Whilst you are in this phase of subconscious denial, you might not apply for a new job.
What if an employer or recruiter shows interest in hiring you? Yes, you do not apply for a job but it comes to you. That’s the power of LinkedIn, the biggest and the best global social network for professionals.
For those of you who do not know what LinkedIn is, please get out of that rock you’ve been living under and get ready to learn how to attract recruiters on LinkedIn.
This is going to be a quite worthwhile read for those who have a LinkedIn profile but have not been able to dig deeper and leverage it yet.
It is a no-brainer that 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn to look for new employees so having a high-quality profile photograph with you looking at the camera in a well-lit space is very beneficial.
Secondly, having a 100% complete profile is extremely important as recruiters often filter out candidates who do not have a complete profile.
It is going to be your profile headline where they will first lay their eyes on so you can start by using it properly as it tops the list of the three things that show up on Search Engine results.
The profile headline must have words that best describe your role or job title along with your specialty to impress the visitors and usage of industry-specific keywords is highly recommended. You might want to invest some time in writing a couple of profile headline options and compare them till you arrive at the perfect one which best describes you professionally.
Keep your status updated with your recent achievements at the workplace and details of the courses you attended.
Recruiters would love to see that you were the employee of the month or the highest performer in your team as it shows your dedication and competitiveness. If you took up a course to hone your professional skills, it calls for a status update as well. Recruiters prefer candidates who believe in self-improvement to further their career goals.
One of the prime objectives of your LinkedIn profile is to attract potential employers and recruiters making it a reflection of your professional persona. Utilize this opportunity to show that you have an eye for attention to detail by making sure that you do not commit any grammatical or spelling errors.
For more tips on how to attract recruiters and employers on LinkedIn, check out this infographic put together by our friends at CV-Nation.