LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. In past posts we have noted that more than 70% of positions are filled through social media networking, and LinkedIn plays a major role in this area. 

According to Forbes magazine, almost 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn. It is important that you make sure that your LinkedIn profile is well designed and offers the maximum amount of information about you and your career search. Interestingly, less than 49 percent of job seekers are active on the site. This is your chance to get a leg up on the competition.

Your profile should be more than just posting your resume into your profile. It should be well designed to appeal to those recruiters in the industry that you are trying to find your new career in.

Recruiters look very closely at LinkedIn profiles to see if they can ascertain whether or not the job seeker is the next one they will call back.

The first concern is whether or not the person really wants the job. The person who takes the time to understand the company and, perhaps, find someone in the company through their connections will benefit from the time spent.

Who does the applicant know in the industry? The more network connections you have, the more comfortable the recruiter is.

Does this person have a personality?  Bland cold resumes are common. The resume that shows warmth and a “real person” is a breath of fresh air to recruiters.

Who has this person impressed? Your recommendations show the strength of your personality and potentially show that you have impressed people “in the know”.

Recruiters need to see that you have spent the time to build a concise and professional profile.

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