With more than 30M companies and 20M open jobs listed on LinkedIn, it’s no wonder that 90% of recruiters use it for hiring purposes. Obviously, those who are recruiting for tech roles aren’t an exception.
So, having a powerful LinkedIn profile is more than important for finding a decent job, both with relocation and not. Polish yours up today with this quick guide.
Apart from a profile picture, these will be the first things every recruiter sees.
Start with the headline. Use the following formula:
Position+Company | Your primary skills (keywords) | Zing (something that differs you from other candidates)
✓ Software Developer at Amazon | NodeJS, React, Ruby, Rails, AWS | Agile Evangelist, Public Speaker
✗ Junior Software Developer at Amazon
Note: If you're a junior professional aiming to get a mid-level position, better omit the 'Junior' part, as well as the words like ‘aspiring’.
Polish the summary. It shouldn’t be too short (consider writing at least 40 words), but don’t overdo it with the length. Avoid buzzwords like ‘team player’, ‘familiar with’, ‘thought leader’, etc. Include relevant keywords. Since you’re looking for a job with relocation, don’t forget to add the words ‘relocate’ or ‘relocation’. For more tips and expert advice, check out this article.
Opposite strategy. Recruiters strongly rely on keywords and boolean search when looking for prospects. For example, here is one of the boolean search strings for finding a Python developer: (programmer OR developer) AND python AND (mysql OR postgresql) AND (django OR flask) AND (chef OR puppet OR sentry).
So, if you want to be reached by the most determined recruiters only, better omit the primary keywords from the headline and summary of your profile. If you’re a Java developer, don’t use the word ‘Java’ — mention Spring, Hibernate, and other relevant technologies instead.
Additional resources. If you have a GitHub/Behance/Dribble/whatever profile you’re proud of, add it as a custom website under your contact info.
Bonus tip: Never state that you need visa sponsorship in the headline and/or summary of your profile. This won’t increase your odds of finding and getting a tech job offering relocation.
Generally speaking, all parts of your profile should be filled and contain the right keywords. That is especially true for the Experience, Education, and Skills sections.
Experience. Simply stating the company and your position is not enough. Describe what you achieved in each position, not your tasks or duties. Do this in a bulleted form. Use active verbs (‘reduced’, ‘developed’, ‘achieved’, etc.) and prove your accomplishments with numbers when it’s possible.
Courses and certifications. If you’ve completed any relevant ones, take the time to mention them, especially if you’re only making the first steps towards an IT career. It’s one of the ways to show potential employers that you're committed to continuously learning and growing your skillset.
Let recruiters know that you’re up for a new challenge. Click on the 'Career interests' section of your profile, and choose the appropriate status. ('Actively looking' might be the best choice.)
Turn on the visibility of your profile. Go to 'Me' > 'Settings&Privacy' > 'Edit your public profile', and switch on 'Show' for all the components.
Profile URL. Personalize your profile URL — if available, your name+surname is the perfect option.
Bonus tip: Try switching your location to one of your potential destinations. That will make local recruiters pay attention to you. Moreover, you can combine tourism with a job search. If you’re visiting one of your possible destinations, don’t waste a chance to go on a couple of interviews.
And the last but not the least, if you’re in search of work abroad, make sure your profile is completed in English.
Voila! Your profile is now ready for the job search.
What about your resume? Use CV Compiler to see how it stacks up compared to the best practices in the industry.
Kate is a seasoned content writer with an IT background and a passion for all things Data Science. Since 2018, she’s crafted more than a dozen data-driven and research-based articles on tech job search-related topics, many of which reached the top position on Reddit, Hacker News, and Towards Data Science.
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