1. Tips to get ahead Prepared by Keith Harris, Sr. Recruiter at Skype December, 2011
Whether youre a new grad or experienced professional, Linkedin has secured its place as the top online address for business and professional networking. Having a killer profile will get you noticed and assist you to find your next job. As a recruiter I have reviewed 300,000+ profiles over the past 5 years as part of my profession. Use my tips to get found by recruiters like me!
Treat your profile like a resume
Add summary & keywords
Include useful recommendations
Participate in groups
Include a thoroughsummarythat details what youve done, where you want to go and mention your achievements. First impressions go a long way so spend some time here.
Include yourskills . This is extremely important because recruiters search for potential candidates bykeywordon Linkedin. Examples for Software Engineers: C++, Linux, Android, etc. Use comparable keywords for your profession.
Recommendations on Linkedin have lost a lot of value since too many people get their friends to give the recommendations. Skip using friends. It doesnt help.
Best to select someone at a senior level to yourself that knows your work. Go as senior as you can (i.e. your manager / mangers mgr)!
Give your recommender some guidance on what to write.Good= give details that I led this project,Bad= write the recommendation yourself. Ask them to do it.
Joining a group thats relevant to you is nice but go the extra mile and participate. There are way too many cool groups with little or no activity which devalues the group as a whole. Make comments, offer intelligent opinion based on your own research and experience. Start your own discussions. Good: Make comments that are based on fact, experience and from reliable sources, Bad: personal opinions based on emotion, frustration, etc.