Are you looking for a new job and want to ’stand out from the crowd’?

When taking your next step on the career ladder, you owe it yourself to spend some time to review and refresh your LinkedIn profile.

As part of our monthly blog series, we caught up with Anita Hollinworth, HR Business Partner (Recruitment) who shares her top tips….

Your profile is your ‘shop window’, your opportunity to really showcase your skills and qualities to your potential new employer.

There will be more to you than just a list of where you have previously worked, tasks and experience.  Recruiters are not just interested in your knowledge and skills, they want an insight to you as an individual, what motivates and inspires you and what you can bring to our business. This is what will make you ‘stand out from the crowd’.

Check out these helpful tips on how to make the most of your profile and take the first step to success:

  • Keep your contact information up to date, someone may be keen to get hold of you! If it’s out of date you might miss that vital email or call
  • Use the summary section to tell your career story – This section is often under used, but this is this is one of the most prominent areas to tell people what you do, why you do it and more importantly why you are good at it
  • Use statistics or highlight awards/accolades to demonstrate your achievements – you’ve worked hard, so don’t be shy about celebrating your successes. Anyone who is not interested in these, may not be cultural fit for you
  • Be authentic, don’t be afraid to show the person you are outside of work, tell employers about your hobbies and interests, it makes you human and relatable and helps potential employers build a rounded picture of who you are
  • Choose a profile photo that reflects the image you are trying to portray (so save that snorkelling pic for another other social media channel), remember to strike a balance between professionalism and the out of hours you. This picture will be their first impression of you.

A cautionary note, avoid using acronyms and jargon, don’t assume that the reader knows what they mean, you don’t want the reader to feel inadequate or become bored and switch off!  Avoid cliché statements and strive to be original.

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