There is no doubt that LinkedIn is one of the most effective platforms to get noticed by HR recruiters. Recruiters live on LinkedIn and use their connections and the search capabilities to identify potential candidates.
Investing the time and effort into creating a complete and high quality profile is important. However, in creating your profile, there are a number of things that you should avoid if you want to be taken seriously and get noticed by HR recruiters:
1. AN UNPROFESSIONAL EMAIL ADDRESS
It’s difficult to take someone seriously if their email address is email@example.com. Create a professional email that is to be used on LinkedIn and your resume.
Sure, it is tempting to beef up your profile, perhaps adjust some dates, and add some information to make yourself look better, but including any amount of lies or misleading information will catch up to you eventually. It’s easier than ever to background check people, and if you are caught lying, you will not only miss out on this opportunity, but any one going forward as well. Also, make sure your LinkedIn profile and resume are cohesive.
3. TERRIBLE FORMATTING
No one is going to stop and read your profile if it looks like a giant chunk of text. Use headings and bullet lists to create whitespace and make your profile easy to scan for information.
4. SPELLING AND GRAMMAR ERRORS
As with your resume or any other professional document, your LinkedIn profile should be free of spelling and grammar issues. Since it’s so easy for typos to occur, have a trusted friend or colleague review your profile and spell check.
5. NO PHOTO
Not having a profile photo can create questions about the authenticity of your profile. Also, having an unprofessional profile will make it difficult for a recruiter to take you seriously as a candidate.
6. A BAREBONES PROFILE
Simply creating a profile is not enough to garner attention. A barebones profile with limited information and little detail about your experience will not be appealing to recruiters.
7.TOO MUCH UNRELATED INFORMATION
There is such a thing as providing too much information. Recruiters don’t care about the jobs you had in high school, where you volunteered when you were a kid, or your hobbies unless they are directly related to your career. Also, LinkedIn is a business platform, so avoid including too much personal information about yourself. Remember, LinkedIn is NOT Facebook.
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Felicia is the manager of human capital solutions at AugmentHR. With over six years of recruitment experience coupled with multi-faceted HR roles, Felicia is an expert in matching people with the right role and environment. She has worked in many different industries, including investment banking, HR consulting firms, medical, and commercial. Understanding people is one of her strengths, and she has recruited at every level, from directors, project managers, and engineers to operators and general labourers. Her ability to network and develop relationships has been a key tool to her success. With approximately two years of experience managing people and creating a positive work environment, Felicia’s diverse skill set makes her a well-rounded individual. Her business education and background help her identify different business needs and human capital solutions.