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Using Your LinkedIn Profile To Land the Job Of Your Dreams

Updated on March 25, 2011

LinkedIn is a powerful but often overlooked tool that job seekers can use to connect with prospective employers. Even those who recognize its importance sometimes fail to make full use of the opportunity that the site offers. Listed below are four simple things that you can do to boast your profile so that you could locate the job of your dreams.

Ensure that the entire profile is filled out.

If you randomly review 10 LinkedIn profiles you will see that only 2 out of every ten profiles are completely filled in. While this omission might be fine for casual users as someone who is actively looking for a job you need to provide the information that will prompt employers to look your way.

Some things that you would want to pay special attention to are the title that you place in the introduction, including short descriptions after your job titles in the experience and including a profile picture to make your profile more personable.

Use Keywords To Optimize Your Profile For The Search Engines

Since profiles are ranked using the same criteria that are used by the search engines, jobseekers should utilize one or two key phrases to define their profiles. Using specific terms like “Marketing Executive” or “Administrative Manager” will make it easier for recruiters to locate your profile when they perform a search.

To get the best rank in the search results you should try to include your key phrase wherever possible. This should include the summary, the specialty area, the title and in the experience. By doing this you will ensure that you get noticed.

Include Recommendations

Including recommendations from people who have worked with you in the past on a professional level adds a lot of weight to your profile. This does not mean that you should go out and seek recommendations from any and everyone. Including 2-5 referees should be enough to show potential employers that others value your work.

Rather than using recommendation from anyone you should seek references from companies that are in a field that is similar to the one that you would like to get into. This will serve to add credibility to your experience and confirm that you are well acquainted with the industry. 

Social Media Is Your Friend

LinkedIn makes it possible to include feeds from your blog or social media like Twitter directly into your profile. If you own a blog and frequently update it with content to show your authority in the field that you want to be linked to then you can include your blog feed by going to the More tab on the left menu to select your blogging platform and integrate the feed into your profile.

Twitter users can also attach their Tweet feed but be careful here especially if your tweets border on the unprofessional.

Making the most of your LinkedIn profile to get positioned in front of recruiters can certainly pay off and help you secure the job of your dreams. 

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  • swedal profile imageAUTHOR

    swedal 

    7 years ago from Colorado

    I am glad it is working for you smcopywrite. I also have been using it to network and find that I do get some traffic to my business site.

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    smcopywrite 

    7 years ago from all over the web

    i utilize linkin quite a bit and have been very successful with networking on this site. this is a wonderful site for many reasons and this just added to my "why join linkedin" list. terrific article.

    thanks

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