Are you wondering why nobody is connecting with you on LinkedIn or why recruiters and employers aren’t knocking on your doors? Use these 10 simple ways to get attention on LinkedIn:
1. Make Sure Your Profile is Complete
One of the things you must do is make sure your profile is complete. How are employers, recruiters and connections supposed to get the complete picture of you and your abilities without completing your profile? Complete all sections and if LinkedIn makes suggestions, complete them. Have a website? Include a link to it. Also, make sure you list at least one (1) way of contacting you.
2. Ask for Recommendations
Ask connections for recommendations and if you ask for a recommendation, make sure its a person you have actually worked with.
3. Skills and Skills’ Endorsements
Make sure the skills you list speaks to what you have done and could be verified by an employer or client. Ask people that you have worked with and for, for skill endorsements; let employers and recruiters know that your skills have been noticed by others.
4. Write Headlines as Questions
Majority of LinkedIn profile headlines are the individual’s current job title but employers and recruiters can read your experience to find out what your current and previous job titles are, so why not get their attention by asking them a question:
How often have you doubled your web traffic in X weeks?
Do you have a PMI Certified member on your team?
The question should highlight your achievement or possible achievement, the position you are looking to obtain, and make the employer or recruiter think that they need you.
5. Use a Real Image of Yourself
Show people that you are a real person by including a photograph of yourself. Make sure the photograph is professional in appearance, i.e. don’t show a photograph of yourself on vacation in the Bahamas.
6. Write a Memorial Summary with Specialties
Write a summary that is memorable and speaks to your capabilities and your results. Tell people why you by showing them what you can do and what you have achieved.
Underneath your memorial summary, include a list of your specialties. Job positions can be broad and so can your industry, so well you know how-to do your job, you can let employers, recruiters and connections know what you are an expert in.
7. Pick the Right Groups and Contribute
You can join up to 50 groups on LinkedIn, which can result in a potential problem: you join any group you see and not the right ones. Make sure the groups you join speak to the industry you are in or what you are trying to get in and there are many members that contribute.
Also, make sure you are active in these groups: ask questions and answer questions, don’t join just to have it on your LinkedIn profile. It also shows employers, recruiters and other individuals in your industry that you are: knowledgeable and active in the industry — it’s just not another 9 to 5 job for you.
8. Create Your Own Group
Are you an industry expert or leader? If so, why not create your own group? It’s a great way to get noticed by others in your industry.
9. Highlight Achievements
Instead of stating what you did at each job, why not highlight what you have achieved. Show the potential employers, recruiters, and connections what you have achieved for your current employer and previous employers.
10. Include Your Portfolio
Your LinkedIn profile allows you to add links and upload files, so take advantage of that. Show potential employers, recruiters and connections what you have done.