LinkedIn has become the go-to platform for job seekers and recruiters in today's job market. LinkedIn offers fantastic opportunities to network and find dream jobs and candidates alike. However, with so many people seeking recruiters’ attention on the platform, it can be tricky to stand out.
We’ve used our experience in tech recruitment to put together 8 Golden Rules for you to follow so you can get noticed by recruiters and land your dream tech job!
When it comes to getting noticed by LinkedIn recruiters, this is essential.
a. Use relevant keywords in your headline, summary and experience sections can help you show up in search results for your desired roles.
b. It’s also important to complete your entire profile, including adding skills and experience that highlight the skills specific to the roles you are after.
c. Change your status to ‘open to work’ as they come up on notifications. Bonus points if you regularly post updates on your profile about your work on achievements, as this can keep you on recruiters’ radars.
Recruiters are not only interested in your experience but also in the impact you’ve made in previous roles. Add specific details and use numbers and statistics to back them up.
For example, if your coding abilities improved the efficiency of a project, quantify the time saved or the cost reduction. Specific numbers showcase your value to an employer and will set you apart from other candidates. Have a look at this example:
First impressions matter. Your picture is one of the first things recruiters will see, so it’s important that you make it count. Avoid using selfies, party photos or informal photos that can make you look unprofessional.
If finding a professional photographer to take a headshot is proving difficult, ask a friend to take a clear, professional-looking photo with good lighting and a simple background. You can also use tools and websites online to remove or edit the background of your image to tidy it up a bit.
Remember, your profile picture reflects you as a person, so choose one that aligns with what you want to portray to recruiters and employers.
When someone visits your LinkedIn profile, your profile picture and background photo are the first noticeable things. So, it’s important to make it look professional and visually appealing. A great cover photo can showcase your personality and make a great first impression on recruiters.
Choose a simple image that relates to your profession. It could be your workplace, the city where you work or a simple graphic that summarises your skills.
This is a great way to show your skills and build credibility on LinkedIn. These third-party perspectives on your work can give recruiters valuable insights into your abilities. Don’t be afraid to specify skills or achievements you would like to be highlighted when requesting a recommendation. And, of course, don’t forget to thank them for their time and effort once they do!
Remember: quality over quantity. Aim for a few well-written and tailored recommendations over many generic ones.
By engaging with content, you can increase your visibility and catch the attention of recruiters looking for candidates like you. Keep an eye on your feed and stay active on it by:
a. Participating in relevant LinkedIn groups – this can help you connect with link-minded professionals and showcase your expertise.
b. Liking and commenting on posts related to the tech industry – this shows you are active and interested in the tech industry. Here’s an easy way to start: join 16,000+ others and follow us on LinkedIn for the latest in tech roles, news and trends!
Search for tech recruiters and send them a personalised message introducing yourself and expressing your interest in potential job roles. (Bonus points if you attach your up-to-date resume to give them a better understanding of your current skills and experience!)
Networking with recruiters will help you keep your job search active, increase your chances of getting noticed for future job opportunities and lessen the workload that comes with job-seeking! A good consultant will support you through the entire process, so you can spend more time on things like interview prep and CV tailoring instead of painstakingly scrolling through hundreds of job links.
a. Update your profile regularly – add new experiences and skills as you progress through your career.
b. Reach out to people who have viewed your profile – this shows you’re interested in networking and building relationships within your industry.
c. Stay engaged with your network - respond to messages and comments.
With these 8 Golden Rules, you will make yourself more visible to recruiters and significantly improve your chances for the job roles you want. The overall objective is to stay proactive. Keep building and updating your profile, and take pride in it!
Ready to take your LinkedIn job search to the next level?
Contact us at Initi8 Recruitment, the experts in tech recruitment, to connect you with the best recruiters and land your dream tech job.
Our brilliant and friendly consultants (meet some of them in the video below!) specialise in finding the best roles for tech professionals and can help you optimise your LinkedIn profile and resume to make you stand out from the crowd and achieve your career goals.
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10 May 2023