Growing your Linkedin Network:

You may want to grow your network on Linkedin for two reasons:

One; You want to be seen in the industry and get in touch with the heavyweights for Sales/Future References etc.

OR

Two: you want to be hired (not just in your own country but other destinations as well).

Here are some pointers you might want to consider when you send that request forward

  • Find active Linkedin Connections, people who comment, share posts and blog. They are most likely to expose you to better connections and more relevant information. 
  • Find Connections that are likely to help you in your industry. Dont stick to your geography, find knowledgable connections around the world who may help you learn more about Global Trends.
  • Linkedin’s biggest asset is that it opens you to a world of experts. Use it wisely.
  • Most global networkers on Linkedin will need to know why you want to connect with them. So give a short reason and your introduction. Something along the lines of “Hi, i am hoping to network with Marketing Research Experts from around the world to exchange notes on the new trends for 2019”.

Consistency of Data on your Professional Profiles:

  • You can have One Resume or Just One Job Search Profile for example Linkedin, that you use to reflect your work achievements and to actively apply for positions online.
  • But remember the most important thing for you to ensure is that, both your profiles reflect the same information. 
  • The information on your resume, from your positions, their tenures and the work description MUST match the one on your Linkedin Profile.
  • Many a times, clients/employers complain about a profile when they reference check a Linkedin profile for a shortlisted candidate for interview and find that its different from their resume.

Fixing your Resume Layout:

Here are some pointers on Resume Layout:

  • Keep it Simple
  • Use a format that can be easily accessible to review on every machine (MAC or Windows)
  • Focus on highlighting your KEY Skills and Working Knowledge. First focus on your key skills, make sure they are mentioned on the first page in your summary section or when you mention details on your job tenures. 
  • Do not add the other skills that you’ve slightly overseen but do not have extensive working knowledge on. 
  • Don’t use colors that make it too difficult for the reader to read your text. Remember your text is the hero on your resume and not the graphical elements

Open your Profile Access on Linkedin to Recruiters

If you want recruiters to get in touch with you irrespective of whether they are on your Linkedin Profile Network or not. You can do the following: –

  • Enable the Job Search Options on your Linkedin Profile, Letting Recruiters know that you are looking.
  • However, if you don’t want your employer to find out you are looking (eek!) you can make sure that you can let people from outside your network message or add you.
  • If you Only let people with your email address add you on Linkedin, you are not going to let most recruiters ping you for opportunities.

Replying Back to a Recruiter Who Reaches Out:

Even when you are not interested in a position, reply back to a recruiter who has shared an opportunity with you.

  • Do not ignore messages sitting there in your inbox.
  • Do not ignore a message after you have read the email.
  • It will help you later to pick up the conversation with a recruiter at a later time when you may start looking for opportunities.

Updating your Picture on Linkedin:

Putting up pictures on your Linkedin Profile is not mandatory but preferred. However, If you are at it, here’s what you need to ensure:

  • the picture is updated
  • its a good quality picture, clear for the recruiters to see
  • preferably just you and nothing/no one else in the picture
  • Remember, sometimes less is more

How to Update your Work Associations on your Linkedin Profile:

When filling out your Linkedin Profile, here are some items you can fix when mentioning your different work-associations/jobs:

  • For each position you mention, you ensure you can link the corporate profile of the company to your Position
  • Mention your achievements in each position you link to your profile – Mention the actual role you performed on the job
  • Ensure your Start and end dates for each job does not conflict with other experiences on your profile – Mentions technical tools, skills used on the job

How to Send Email/Apply for a Position through Email:

Here are some tips on how to send email/apply on email for a position. This only gives your recruiter more clarity as to what position you are applying to and can enable the recruiter to shortlist or file you in an appropriate domain for any future positions as well.

  • Always use a subject that helps the recruiter identify two things: Your Industry/Knowledge + your Position. For e.g Software Engineer in a subject will not do the trick. Write Software Engineer (JAVA). The recruiter will know that you are applying for a position with 1-3 years of experience and have expertise in Java programming language. Another example to help you out will be: Senior Digital Marketing Strategist; this defines your seniority/experience in the domain + highlights that you are in Marketing, You work on Digital Marketing and Strategy.
  • You dont have to write a Big cover Letter on your email. Dont attach a Cover Letter to the email. Just consider your Email body as a Cover Letter. Cover Letter should be short – just highlight your total experience, Your industry Knowledge and Skills. Dont Leave the Email Body Empty Use it to tell them more about you. But again remember sometimes Less is More.

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