Want to job search on LinkedIn without making people cringe or report you as a stalker? That’s a good idea.
By now you probably already know that LinkedIn has become a vital passageway to a new job. If you are like most job seekers, you have done very little beyond opening a LinkedIn account and populating the summary. Yes, a passive LinkedIn profile is better than no profile at all. However, you are the driver of your career, and that means you need to be in the driver’s seat with some gas in the tank!
Here are some techniques that will activate your job search on LinkedIn without making you seem, well, desperate or alert your current employer. Let’s start with low risk and work our way up. You choose, depending on your risk tolerance and employment status.
Low Risk: Brand yourself a ‘must-call’ candidate. Everyone wants what they can’t have. Right? That includes recruiters.
Job-search oriented LinkedIn headline: Your headline is prime real estate. Use this opportunity to improve your search results with a great keyword and on-brand tagline. Headline examples:
- Chief Information Officer – Delivering scalability for the next decade
- Chief Nursing Officer – Quality healthcare through holistic leadership
- Registered Nurse – Advocate and healthcare partner with a compassionate hand
Make sure your LinkedIn summary does the talking: Infuse your LinkedIn summary with keywords, too, and position some of your top achievements here versus under the experience section.
Populate the skills section and prioritize those competencies: You will begin to attract endorsements for these skills. Therefore, prioritizing them is key. Don’t place your strongest skills last; they will garner few (if any) endorsements.
Complete your entire profile: The more complete your profile is, the better your visibility in search results.
Use the interest section to strengthen your keyword density: Sure, it is nice to include your hobbies in here and you should. However, including a few more work-related keywords/skills that will attract others in your industry to your profile will help fuel your job search traction.
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