Even if you are happily employed or running your own successful business, being found inside LinkedIn is essential, making you visible to LinkedIn’s 575 million members (as of October, 2018). People you are meeting with or possible clients/customers search to find you (or people like you). So, of course, do recruiters and potential employers. The best way to be found is to improve your LinkedIn rank by using the best keywords its search algorithm.
LinkedIn has given all of its users a very special but hard to find gift, and most people are not taking advantage of it. Here’s a clue; it has to do with LinkedIn headlines.
So, what is this special gift?
If you’re doing the right things in the workplace, you should get noticed as an amazing and capable employee.
And not as someone in their twenties fresh out of college…
Your resume could one of hundreds sitting in a stack on the desk of a recruiter or HR manager. Given the accepted elements of a professional resume, there’s a good chance that most of those resumes are going to look the same. You want your resume to stand out but you have to be careful to make sure it provides the information they need without looking unprofessional. What creative resume choices can you make that will get you hired?
Searching for a job can be time-consuming. It’s tempting to cut corners and send a mass-produced letter, but doing so can hurt your chances of making the first cut and landing a first interview. Customized cover letters can be the first step in getting hired.
No matter how many hours you spend polishing your resume, no matter how much money you spend to have it professionally written, recruiters will spend about 6 to 8 seconds looking at it before making an initial determination. In most cases, they spend that time scanning the skills section to see if your skills meet their requirements.