94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates. At the same time however, only 36% of job seekers are active on LinkedIn. Follow the tips below to optimise your LinkedIn profile.
If you haven’t already done so, modify the default URL that LinkedIn has assigned to your profile. Claiming your own name as your URL will make it easier for employers to find you. Moreover, a customized LinkedIn URL looks cleaner and more professional on your resume.
Having a powerful headline can invite potential employers or recruiters to look at your profile. Moreover, the headline appears in Google search results. LinkedIn headlines should be specific, search optimised and authentic. Here’s a proven successful LinkedIn profile headline formula:
Your current role or target job title | Your key skills | Zing (something that makes your candidacy unique)
Your LinkedIn headline can be a maximum of 220 characters, so make every word count. You can find some more tips and ideas in this blog post.
Many job-seekers leave the summary section blank, so by simply having something here, you will be ahead of the curve. A short, well-written summary is the key to getting more LinkedIn views and search hits. Here is a quick how-to guide:
Include relevant keywords throughout your LinkedIn profile, especially in your profile headline, summary, work experience descriptions, and skills section. This will improve your chances of being found by recruiters and hiring managers using search functions.
Focus here on your hard skills, i.e. skills that recruiters would naturally type when searching for potential candidates. For instance, here’s an example of a search string used by recruiters to source Python developers:
site:https://linkedin.com (programmer OR developer OR engineer) AND python AND (mysql OR postgresql) AND (django OR flask) AND (chef OR puppet OR sentry)
Since you are looking for a tech job abroad, make sure your profile also has keywords like “relocation” or “relocate”.
In addition to listing your job titles and the technologies you’ve used, bullet point your greatest accomplishments for each position. Keep your accomplishment descriptions short and punchy. Again, if possible, use numbers to show the scale and impact of your work.
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Use past tense action verbs (e.g., re-architectured, achieved, designed, overhauled, etc.) to describe previous jobs and present tense verbs for your current position. Don’t waste your time describing professional experience from 4-5 years ago in detail. Your most recent projects are of greater interest to recruiters or potential employers.
Having an impressive list of skills on your profile is one thing, but if you have an impressive number of people who’ve endorsed you for such skills it is more meaningful for recruiters to understand what you can bring to the table. Ask your friends and ex-colleagues to endorse your skills on LinkedIn.
Pro-tip: Linkedin allows you to reorder profile sections, so put your most impressive ones (for example, Projects) at the top of the page.
For more advice and hacks, check out this article.
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