5 Areas of LinkedIn Job Recruiters Use to Screen Applicants

Would it surprise you to know that social media has become an almost universally adopted hiring tool, with 92 percent of recruiters surveyed using it as part of their interview and hiring process?   Of the various social media, LinkedIn comes out on top with 87 percent of recruiters using Linkedin.  Fifty-five percent are using Facebook, and 47 percent are using Twitter.

LinkedIn Use in Job Search

Recruiters are searching more than just your profile, they are giving it a thorough review for not only qualifications but to learn a little more about an applicant’s personality.

Screening Applicants

Here are the top things job recruiters look at when screening applicants:

1. Is Your Profile Completed?

If your profile is incomplete, it probably means you don’t give much thought to how you present yourself to others. It makes a bad first impression. Your profile should be your online resume showing your previous and current places of employment with accurate start and end dates.

You should also include a summary of your qualifications, awards, work history, and skills along with a recommendation or two. Your summary should be short, concise, and easy to read with bullet points.

Make the most of your headline, it’s your first profile impression. Check for discrepancies, they can be a red flag to employers that you’re not detail-oriented.

2. Your Photo

Is your photo a professional headshot or a selfie? Are you wearing professional attire or dressed casually while at the beach? Is it a close-up or just a dark shadow in the background? Your photo represents who you are in the business world, not on vacation.

It should represent the job you’re seeking. If you can’t afford to get a professional headshot, dress in business attire and have a friend or family member take a photo of you against a solid color background.

3. Your Connections

The more connections you have, the more a job recruiter sees that you are a networker and make connections that can improve your knowledge and referrals. If you have less than 300 connections, you need to take some time to beef up your profile and connect with more people.

4. Your Activity

During a job search, recruiters want to see that you’re active on LinkedIn. Are you reading your news feed, sharing content, and commenting regularly? This will show a recruiter that you have a level of professional interaction with your connections.

If you’ve written articles, be sure to include links to them in your profile so that recruiters can learn more about you. Keep any content you post professional, this is your online image.

5. Your Status

If you’re currently seeking a new position, using the “ Open Candidates ” option will allow you to privately let recruiters know that you’re searching. If recruiters know this in advance, they are more likely to send opportunities your way.

Job Recruiters Take Your Profile Seriously

Job recruiters take your LinkedIn profile seriously so you need to as well if you want to grab their attention.  Spending an afternoon updating your profile is time well spent if you’re looking for a new job.  You can make it easier for recruiters to find you by joining industry groups and commenting on discussions. Recruiters are always seeking professionals within their industry to connect with.

By |2019-05-06T10:09:36-05:00September 18th, 2018|Job Search|Comments Off on 5 Areas of LinkedIn Job Recruiters Use to Screen Applicants

4 Tips on How to Use LinkedIn to Get Job Interviews

LinkedIn is a great tool that not every job searcher out there knows how to use the right way. Are you using it to its full capacity?

When conducting a competitive job search, it is important to utilize many different avenues as you look for your next role.  Using a recruiter is an important option to consider.

If you want to reach out to recruiters during your job search, what is the best way to get in touch with them? You may be surprised to know LinkedIn is the answer. Recruiters are very receptive to queries from competitive candidates.

Start with these four tips for the best ways to approach recruiters on LinkedIn.

  • Use the Search Tool – In the upper right hand corner of LinkedIn, select the Advanced People Search. Like Google and Bing, typing in the most specific keywords will find you the best results. Instead of typing ‘IT recruiter’, type ‘technology recruiter for oil and gas in Houston’ or be even more specific.
  • Send a Call to Action Message – After identifying the recruiters you want to contact, you’ll want to be specific about your skills and career goals. This allows the recruiter to see how your qualified you are to apply for the jobs they have available. Often, this first touch stimulates dialogue that allows the recruiter to point out job listings they are working on, or to add you to an internal recruiting database. In addition, some recruiters will suggest you follow their Twitter or blog for the most up-to-date listing of job postings.
  • Keep in Contact – If you find that a recruiter responds to you with a note stating that they’ll “keep your resume on file,” don’t be disappointed. This is a common practice and can indicate that they expect to receive a future request for candidates with your skills. Staying in front of the recruiter is important and it does require effort. Sending a short note via LinkedIn or through email approximately once per month is a great idea to keep your name and your skills top-of-mind when new sourcing requirements cross the recruiter’s desk.

 

Sources: How to Reach Out to Recruiters Using LinkedIn by Laura Smith-Prouix

By |2013-02-26T13:59:09-05:00February 26th, 2013|career search, Social Media and Job Searching|Comments Off on 4 Tips on How to Use LinkedIn to Get Job Interviews

Be Aware of the Information You Share…

While we encourage you to have a profile on LinkedIn, we don’t recommend posting your resume just anywhere on the web. Here’s why…

With the use of the Internet, it is hard to manage the information that is out there about you. When searching for a job, you want to have as much control as possible. When you peruse a job board for positions you are interested in, apply and submit your resume directly to the company. Don’t share your resume on open job boards for all to see.

Another problem we see frequently with job seekers is stretching the truth about their job experience. While you may think it’s not a big deal to pad your resume or online profile, your result may not be a job offer.

A recent story came to our attention about an employee stating that the were ‘an expert’ in their past field online. Through an easy online search, that past employee ended up being sued because of this slight exaggeration.

In the end, don’t lie, exaggerate or pad information on your resume and then post it on the Internet for the world to see.  It could have very different results that what you intended.

By |2012-09-17T20:47:21-05:00September 17th, 2012|Social Media and Job Searching, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Be Aware of the Information You Share…