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Is your LinkedIn profile attracting attention from recruiters and potential employers? Or, is it just kind of…there? More than ever,job-hunting is happening online. According to Catherine Fisher, LinkedIn’s career expert,30,000 companies are using LinkedIn to recruit. As she puts it: “If you want to get hired, you should be on LinkedIn.”
Don’t just take her word for it; even career coaches who don’t work for the company say that a profile could get you hired.
“A LinkedIn profile is incredibly important these days,” says Louis Efron, an HR exec and the author of How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Love. “When job searching, it is your personal brand and key marketing tool.” So, use that LinkedIn profile to get some attention — the good kind — from recruiters and potential employers with these five tips.
1. Use A Photo
Profiles with a photo are 14 times more likely to be viewed on the network, according to a recent LinkedIn study. “That’s nothing to sneezeat,” says Fisher. So, even though it can feel a little weird to attach a headshot to your resume, get a pic up there — and probably not the one from your best friend’s last birthday party.
2. Include VolunteerExperience
Writing a resume for your first job out of college can sometimes feel like conjuring work experience out of thin air, but it’s okay to look to less traditional experience, too. According to a LinkedIn study, 42% of hiring managers saw volunteer experience as being the same as work…