I hope not.
If your Profile is passed over by employers, you need to use these power-packed LinkedIn strategies:
- Part 1: Build More Connections
- Part 2: Set Your Groups Strategy
- Part 3: Analyze Your Competition
Now, we’re on to one of my favorite steps for maximizing LinkedIn:
4 – You DO need more than generalities in your Profile.
Whenever I read about someone frustrated with LinkedIn, they inevitably have a LinkedIn Profile that rambles on about how “versatile” and “adaptable” they are, with little regard to the hard skills employers are seeking.
Specific, technical capabilities (such as “project management,” “grant writing,” “application development,” or “P&L”) are valuable to companies that are hiring.
“Self-motivation” or “communications skills,” not so much.
These skills-based keywords WILL get you more traffic and more job opportunities on LinkedIn, so take every opportunity to use them (repeatedly) throughout your Profile.
Also, look up the skills noted on your desired job descriptions, and add them in your Skills & Expertise section. Ask others for Endorsements on them (which will also increase your hit rate for these terms).
You can do it! Start making changes now… and you’ll notice an uptick in your traffic.
Up next: What’s the Secret to Getting Hired From LinkedIn? (Part 5: Leveraging LinkedIn for Follow-Up)
Award-winning executive resume writer Laura Smith-Proulx of An Expert Resume has a 98% success rate collaborating with executives and rising professionals to capture top jobs at Fortune-ranked corporations, start-ups, and emerging leaders.
A 8-time certified job search coach, master resume writer, LinkedIn expert, and former recruiter, Laura’s work has been published in more than 200 venues worldwide and featured in CIO.com, CareerBuilder, Wall Street Journal, The Denver Post, Forbes, Monster.com, The Chicago Tribune, and other media.
She holds the U.S. record for global resume writing TORI awards from 2007 through 2013, with 23 total distinctions. Laura is a featured Personal Branding and Resume Expert for CareerRocketeer.com and Careerealism.com, the National Resumes Examiner for Examiner.com, and Job-Hunt.org’s LinkedIn for Job Search Expert, as well as the author of How to Get Hired Faster: 60+ Proven Tips and Resources to Access the Hidden Job Market and Power Up Your Job Search With LinkedIn.