LinkedIn for Recruiters

LinkedIn for Recruiters

 9 Aug 2019

How detailed is your LinkedIn profile?  Does it have all your basic information on it (ie job titles, and dates of employment) or is it like a copy of your CV where it has full details of your employment including your duties/responsibilities?
 
Being a specialist recruiter we often need to head hunt for roles and one of our most useful resources for this is LinkedIn.  Now some LinkedIn profiles are just as in-depth as a CV so for us, as a recruiter, this is great.  Other LinkedIn profiles only have basic information such as job title.  From a recruiters point of view knowing someone’s job title is often not overly useful.  When we conduct our search we will use key words within a boolean search.  For our Maritime roles, we may be searching for certain qualifications or looking for experience on certain vessel types (LNG/RoRo/Gas/Tankers etc).  So if you only have your job title on your profile (ie. Technical Superintendent, Marine Manager) this doesn’t determine whether or not you are actually suitable for the role as we don’t know the background to your position, which could mean you miss out on opportunity because you don’t appear on our search.  And this is important not only for niche roles but for any position.   For example if you are a Customer Service Advisor and you have no description written about your role, we don’t know if you deal with inbound or outbound calls, we might not even know what products/services you are dealing with…utilities/banking/finance/insurance etc and all of this information is extremely helpful when determining your suitability for a role. 
 
I have spoken to a couple of senior candidates this week who are openly looking for new opportunities but are not yet on LinkedIn.  This came as quite a shock to me as I assume these days that everyone is pretty much on all forms of social media.  Now the candidates I referred to had been working in the same company for a number or years so maybe just didn’t feel the need to have a profile.  Now not everyone on LinkedIn is looking for work and waiting to be headhunted so it does depend what you use your page for.  But I believe it's so useful to have a LinkedIn profile for networking purposes and also whilst you may not be looking for work now you never know when you will decide its time to move on.  How many times have you finished a job and then had to go and update your CV.  If you have been with the company a few years and done various roles within this time, you then have to think back, what was I doing when I first started here, what date did I get my promotion, how long was I doing that specific job for before I moved onto another project etc.  Keeping your LinkedIn profile up to date is like having a live CV.  You update it as you are going along as your career progresses, even if that is within the same company.   We often have the conversation about the ‘death of a CV’ because more and more people are now using avenues such as social media (ie LinkedIn) to apply for jobs and so the need for an actual CV is becoming less and less.   According to a Twitter survey 44% of users would prefer to apply for jobs via Twitter rather than writing a CV.
 
Another useful hint - If you are looking for work (whether you are actively looking or just always keen to know what other opportunities are out there) remember to look at your LinkedIn settings.  Every LinkedIn profile has a ‘job seeker’ setting which you can activate if you want recruiters to know you are open for opportunities.   Looking for work can be a tough and challenging experience so give yourself the best possible start by ensuring your information is out there so that recruiters can find you.  Help us help you!
 

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