When Recruiters Look at Your LinkedIn Profile…What Does Yours Say About You?

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Right Now Potential Employers and Recruiters May be looking at Your LinkedIn Profile. What Does Yours Say About You? People use social media for a variety of reasons: to make connections with others, personal and professional development, to locate long-lost friends, and to further a career. LinkedIn is a network dedicated to connecting working professionals to other employees, potential employers, and possible job opportunities. Many people are able to find suitable work in their chosen field by selecting specific categories of expertise and showing off their abilities to potential hiring authorities.

But, image is important and, if this process is not done correctly, it may do you more harm than good. It is important to make sure your profile is complete and that it includes specific skills you excel in, so that you will attract the right employers and security management recruiters to your profile.

Here are some tips to improve your LinkedIn Profile so that it will appeal to the best potential employers in your niche area and increase your chances of getting the right job:

  1. Treat it like an online resume. One of the most important things you can do to improve your image is to make sure you include information that is relevant to the types of jobs you would like to be considered for and make sure you’ve included education information, work history, and relevant work experiences.
  2. Make sure your profile is complete. Incomplete profiles or missing information can do more harm than good and can actually lose your credibility with potential employers. Make sure the dates on your resume match your employment dates on your resume. I’ve seen this mistake many times. It’s a killer.
  3. Include a nice, professional photo. Present yourself the way you want to be seen by the public, including fellow professionals, recruiters and hiring managers in your area of professional expertise.
  4. Include references and ask your friends to “endorse” you for specific skills. LinkedIn has a feature which allows you to be endorsed for skills in your area of expertise. This will go a long way toward building your credibility with potential employers and security recruiting consultants who are looking for employees in your niche area.
  5. Invest in yourself. You have to be seen online, as well as in the real world, to make an impression. So display and highlight what you’ve done in your area, and include relevant experiences in which you have experienced success.

Remember when working on your profile, to remember that you only have a few minutes to make a great first impression. When potential employers look at your LinkedIn Profile, What Does Yours Say About You?

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