Job Seeking? Get onto LinkedIn

In this day and age, you are only damaging your job-seeking efforts if you’re not on LinkedIn. Almost every person regardless of their industry should try and set up a LinkedIn profile. Why? Because you get to speak to recruiters directly and also be tapped on the shoulder when a position becomes available matching your skills and experience.

Features to help jobseekers

On LinkedIn, you are able to turn on (in settings) that you are open to work and put a ‘badge’ on your profile picture to indicate you are open to work too. This lets recruiters and employers know you are willing to be approached about a new career opportunity. It also increases your chances of finding a suitable position in a short space of time.

Things to remember

It’s important that your profile is up to date and contains as much relevant information as possible to avoid providing the wrong details to a potential employer. Keywords throughout your profile are used to help recruiters find you, so be sure you have completed the ‘skills’ section on your profile. It is also worth mentioning that the profile picture you choose should be clear (not pixilated) and professional in appearance.

Something else to consider is building your network. Connect with recruiters, past and or current colleagues, potential future employers, etc. You are also able to follow pages to receive regular updates and job ad listings.

Recommendations and endorsements

A recommendation from those who have worked with you highlights your strengths and shows that you were a valued employee. You can obtain these by reaching out to your past managers and work colleagues to gain recommendations from them. Endorsements are also a great way to highlight specific skill sets you have. An effective way to gather up some of your own is by going through your trusted connections and endorsing them for skills. More often than not they will return the favour.

If you would like to keep updated with our job postings and connect with our ‘LinkedIn page’. For more tips and advice check out our ’job seeker help centre’. The Recruitment Alternative operates New Zealand wide. Across Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, etc. If you would like to find out more about our services, contact us today on 0800 587 546.

LinkedIn Profile Tips

LinkedIn is a very popular professional networking platform, where job seekers and employers can connect. As a job seeker, it can be tough to find a job on your own. Creating a LinkedIn profile gives you an advantage, especially against candidates who do not have an account.

What can you do to improve your profile?

Some employers look up their potential employees online, so why not have a professional profile for them to view? LinkedIn is basically an online extension of your resume. You can build your profile to be a positive reflection of your skills and experience you can offer a new organisation. Especially if you are applying for Marketing, Social Media or other such positions that would utilize online tools such as LinkedIn.

Here are some tips on how to fine tune your LinkedIn profile:

  • Professional Profile Picture – Don’t have a party shot or a blurry selfie, ensure you display a clear, current and well-presented image of just you.
  • Updated Information – If you’re going to have a LinkedIn profile be sure to keep in current. If an employer is comparing your resume to your profile and notices discrepancies it’s not a good look as a future employee.
  • Positive Endorsements – On LinkedIn other professionals can ‘endorse’ your skills and leave feedback on their experiences with you. Having this positive feedback helps back up what you have listed on your resume.
  • Network – Take some time to build your professional network, endorse others, leave feedback and they could return the favor. This helps support your profile and increases your exposure to potential opportunities.
  • Proof Read – On a professional plat form correct grammar and formatting is highly important. Always proof read and even triple check yourself!
  • Follow Positive Influencers – Following relevant influencers on LinkedIn helps to put a range of interesting content in your feed, which you can then share with others when you think it adds value. It also helps to give context to your LinkedIn profile, demonstrating your passion for what you do.

Always be mindful of what you post online and use social media platforms to your advantage, not your disadvantage. If you are looking for a new position The Recruitment Alternative is current recruiting across Australia and New Zealand. Click here to access our jobs board and while you’re there pay our ‘job seeker help center a visit for some more tips and hints.

As a generalist recruitment agency, we offer affordable  recruitment solutions at a low-cost price point that makes sense. If you would like to find out more about our services contact us today on 0800 587 546.