LinkedIn is a huge resource for jobseekers, with 87% of recruiters now using it to find and vet candidates. Around 20 million companies are listed on the social media site. Having a good profile is vital and can maximise your job opportunities. So how do you get the most out of the social media site. Emma Alkirwi, aka the CV Guru, has some advice:
First, go to settings and privacy and under the job searching options select ‘open for opportunities’.
Make sure the headline you use for your profile can be found by thinking through how you would look for yourself online. Use the keywords you would type in.
Get recommendations for your profile. These are online references for all to see.
Set up job alerts and save your CV to your jobsearching account.
Type ‘we are hiring’ into the search bar and filter to the appropriate location so you can see all the companies who are currently hiring and connect with them.
Send a personalised message when you connect to a recruiter and follow that up with a further message once you are connected. Remember that recruiters are inundated with requests so be patient.