Many people overlook the uses of LinkedIn to secure the next step in their career. Most will simply create a profile and leave it at that. This is not the way to go if your are actively looking for a new job. Many recruiters across a variety of industries specifically use LinkedIn to hire new candidates. If you can build a relationship with these recruiters, you will have the best chance of securing an interview.
Here are some tips on how to build relationships with recruiters on LinkedIn:
1. Update your profile
The amount of people who try to communicate with employers without updating their profile is worrying. If you’ve been at your current job for three years, but haven’t updated your profile to show that, recruiters will automatically think you’ve been doing nothing in that time.
Before you fire off any messages, ask yourself, “Is this the way I want to be portrayed?” If it isn’t, it’s time to change your profile. Go over the following pointers:
- Is your profile picture professional?
- Is your education correctly listed on your profile? Are you missing any extra certifications that you may have achieved?
- Have you removed the irrelevant information from your profile that won’t be of interest to recruiters in the field you want to move into?
- Have you connected with your friends and previous colleagues that could perhaps endorse your skills?
2. Appear confident
Although recruiters won’t be able to see your body language (apart from on your profile photo), you can come across as confident from the language you use in your messages. Remember to proof every message before you send it. There’s nothing worse than sending something that’s got a spelling mistake or poor grammar.
3. Don’t be scared to connect
When you have everything in order, you will need to make the move. You’ve got your profile up-to-date and you know what sort of jobs you are looking for, so now might be the time to start approaching recruiters and let them know about your experience and what you are looking for.
Although you may not receive job opportunities straight away, you will get your name put down on a list of potential candidates – this is definitely a step in the right direction.