Many job seekers tell me that recruiters ignore their LinkedIn profiles — that they don’t get many profile page views. Because of this, Melanie Pinola of Lifehacker and I decided to create an infographic to address the problem.
In addition to the infographic, I’ve added links to blog posts that will help you fix the problems we show in the infographic. Check out the narrative that comes next and then the infographic below the narrative.
97% of Recruiters Use LinkedIn
First, look at the stats on how many recruiters use LinkedIn. 97%! Thus, if you want a new job, you can’t afford to have recruiters ignore your LinkedIn profile.
In fact, according to Bullhorn, the only reason 64% of them show up on LinkedIn at all is to source candidates.
Common LinkedIn Mistakes Job Seekers Make
Next, understand the most common mistakes job seekers make on LinkedIn. They include:
- Not connecting with recruiters on LinkedIn.
- Neglecting to add headshots to their profiles.
- Using boring, generic headlines.
- Neglecting to add the keywords recruiters use to look for them to their profiles.
- Not making their LinkedIn profiles public.
- Neglecting to grow their networks.
Thus, if you want recruiters to view your profile, be findable as described above and as outlined in this infographic:
It’s interesting to note that these problems are as common today as they were when Melanie and I prepared this infographic in 2013. Please feel free to share this around to friends and colleagues. LinkedIn is a great career advancement tool when people use it well!
BTW, take a look at this article, including a screenshot, of what LinkedIn Recruiter users see about you in their first search results.
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Updated April 2019
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, SmartBrief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.