After you have submitted your resume for a position, the hiring manager or recruiter consider your skills and evaluates if you would be a good fit for the position. This usually entails them going online and taking a look at what your LinkedIn profile does (or doesn’t) say about you. The information they discover online could move you to the top of the pile, or it could just end your chances for the position.
This is why it is important that your LinkedIn profile is filled with robust information that paints a vivid picture of your skills and qualifications. After all, the last thing you want to do is have your LinkedIn profile present you as a bland, unqualified candidate. Here are a few ways to avoid your profile from costing you a job opportunity:
Not uploading a picture. A profile without a picture may communicate that you don’t care about the details and may leave them wondering if this is how you approach your job duties as well. Be sure to upload a headshot that communicates your professionalism and enthusiasm.
Incomplete education or job history information. This section of your LinkedIn profile gives hiring managers the opportunity to research your educational background or previous employers. Complete all pertinent details to allow for easy research as they look into your capabilities and experience.
No (or few) connections. Connections on LinkedIn are a way to get your foot in the door and connect with hiring managers via mutual connections. So, if you have only a handful of connections, it may close any potential doors to help pave the way to the next step in the hiring process.
Bland professional headline. The professional headline of your profile is the online version on an elevator speech. It is a way to concisely communicate your skills, experience, and your current job status. Be sure that you complete this section and that it is an accurate representation of your capabilities.
Missing summary section. The summary portion of your profile is a large section where you can highlight your background, education, skills, awards, or other details that do not get conveyed in a resume or cover letter. This section is an excellent way to provide additional details to hiring managers that go beyond the one page of your resume.
Your LinkedIn profile could make – or break – your chances at a potential company. Be sure to take full advantage of the social network and utilize all of features available. If you need assistance in your job search, contact the staffing professionals at Contemporary Staffing Solutions. We look forward to partnering with you in your career!