Today’s flooded online job marketplace can make it difficult for you to stand out to recruiters. Whether you are a seasoned veteran in search of a better salary or you are recently graduated from college, understanding what recruiters want is essential in landing a position.
Here are several strategies I stumbled upon that helped me to land a position and a hefty increase in salary, all without actively looking for a job.
Why Recruiters Love Linkedin
Linkedin is becoming the preferred method of jobhunters and recruiters.
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Recruiters can easily message you with a direct request for an interview. This makes it easy for both parties to decide if there is any interest in pursuing job prospects. You can easily research the company. And if you feel a little like Sherlock, take a look at the hiring managers or others in the current position at the company.
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What Your Linkedin Profile Needs Today
- Keep your skills and experience relevant and updated on Linkedin.
- Simplify your experience in three or less bullet points.
- Quantify your project success with numbers and statistics.
- For example “In this project, I assisted X number of clients and completed X number of projects leading to an X increase in production, sales, efficiency, etc.”
- Update your profile photo to a professional image.
- Recruiters are looking for candidates who can stand out from the crowd and an outdated Facebook photo won’t cut it. Ask your friend to take a photo of your business best or pay a professional photographer.
Land Your Dream Job
Landing your dream job may not happen over night, but it is attainable! Consider what your dream job is by looking at job descriptions. Even though you may not be looking for a new position, it doesn’t hurt to see what’s out there!
Here are several growth opportunities to land your dream job.
By considering each of these, you can build your experience while keeping your options open.
- Compare your experience against your dream position or title.
- Have you ever come across a position only to find that you just aren’t qualified? Instead of pining, consider what steps or experience you need in order to meet these requirements. Besides, even if you may not have the experience, it never hurts to apply.
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Stand Out To Recruiters
Now, you might be at the stage when you need to consider doing an interview and being prepared is the first thing a recruiter is looking for. Here’s what will make you stand out…
- Have a resume on hand that identifies your skills, certifications, and experience in relation to the job description you are applying for.
- Have a portfolio prepared in case others ask you for past project examples and be ready to explain them. Scribd.com is a great way to share information, just make sure that you have full rights to any content you upload!
- Expand your horizons by furthering your education.
- Some employers offer tuition reimbursement for employees. While not all offer education reimbursement, you can seek cost effective ways to increase your income through online education such as through Udemy.com, Lynda.com, or traditional avenues like community colleges or universities. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s degree in my job field.
- Showcase collaborative projects with others in your company or position. Show your humanity by adding in any volunteering opportunities to add a hint of your amazing personality to the process.
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Considerations for Landing Your Dream Job
Now that you’ve updated your Linkedin, reviewed opportunities
- Consider talking to a professional career coach
. Checkout Elarie Consulting to find your next job opportunity.
- Talk with friends and family about your career aspirations for referrals.
- Look for a trustworthy business mentor. It can be helpful to have someone talk to you about setbacks, challenges, and opportunities.
- Get involved in networking opportunities through local associations or meetup groups in your job field. Don’t forget your business cards!
In conclusion, recruiters don’t need you to be someone you’re not, but more of what you already are! The best recruiters will ask you about your career goals to see if any opportunity is a good match. This means that you may not always find the match you want in a job, but that doesn’t mean that the new position isn’t out there. Take out time of your schedule to consider what you need to do to grow and improve and in what ways you are rocking it out! Chances are, you are good at more than you realize and less than you think.
Do you use Linkedin for jobseeking opportunities? Post your comments and suggestions below because I’d love to hear!