If you’re looking for a job, chances are you have a LinkedIn profile. You may even have updated it recently, hoping that it will appeal to recruiters in your industry but it’s not enough to just give your LinkedIn Profile a quick update. You have to make sure that your LinkedIn account makes you as hireable as possible, and if you’re like most people, that means making a few more updates to your current profile.
Five LinkedIn Profile Updates that Every Job Seeker Needs to Make:
The key to being a hireable candidate is to have a profile that makes you more desirable to hiring managers than other candidates who have applied for the same job. Remember, recruiters will be looking at multiple candidates at the same time, and you need to make sure that you are the best they see. You can do that with the following important changes:
1. Remove/Eliminate the Cliché
Cliches, like “hard worker,” add no value to your LinkedIn account. They are claims that anyone can make, and you need to say things that separate you from others. Replace every cliché with something of value.
2. Use Numbers/Show Evidence
You can talk about what you did, but you need to go further and make sure you have backed that up with numbers, evidence, and more. It’s the specifics that give your profile credibility, and make hiring managers remember you.
3. Make Your Profile Picture Public
We all like a little bit of privacy, and there is some risk in a public photo because it could introduce biases (for example, someone may not like how you look and not hire you). But in most cases it helps to have your profile photo public. This lets people remember you, and shows you’re more than a name. (Bonus tip: Always have a photo, and consider these photo tips.)
4. Lengthen Your Relevant/Shorten Your Irrelevant
You want every word of your profile to be interesting to the job you want to get. Sometimes that means adding more about your most relevant jobs. Sometimes that means taking off jobs/information that is not relevant, or may not impress the hiring manager.
5. Organize Your Endorsements
Endorsements are easy to give and easy to receive and they do create an impression with employers. The problem is when a huge list of endorsements drowns out the most important ones. Go through the endorsements you received and pick the ones that are most impressive to the employer.
These simple changes take only a few minutes of your time, and yet they help ensure that when someone sees your profile and compares it to others, they are impressed enough to see you as a the more hireable candidate.
Once your LinkedIn profile is in good shape, make sure you are doing everything you can to promote yourself on LinkedIn.