6 tips on how to attract recruiters to your LinkedIn Profile

For most people looking for a new job involves a long process built by daily actions. Those tasks include sending your resume, looking for job offers, replying to emails, calling some companies and creating specific profiles in social networks. The most famous one in these terms is LinkedIn.

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Everyone looking for a job should consider to build a LinkedIn Profile or update the existing one. Read the following tips on how to improve your chances to attract recruiters.

1. Find a keywords strategyHave you ever heard of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Companies are using it to improve their status when someone looks for a specific word on a search engine like Google. The same happens on LinkedIn and even on Google, regarding searching for employees. Make a list of the keywords associated to your academic background and professional experience. Than ask yourself: How would someone look for a profile like mine? Try to adapt your words from that perspective.

Tip: instead of writing Digital Strategy, you should write Digital Strategist. And what if they look for Online Strategy? Consider to include synonyms for your keywords, so you can broader your chances.

2. Prepare your best pictureWe all know you shouldn’t have a picture on your resume, but on LinkedIn it’s a different story. You will increase 7 times more your chances of getting your profile viewed just by having a picture on it. A face gives credibility and creates an impact. It also shows that you are active on LinkedIn. You should obviously choose wisely what kind of photo to put there. Make sure you are in a professional environment.

Tip: Don’t put a picture with a dog unless you are a veterinary.

3. Use your nameYou should personalize your URL and making it go directly to your profile. If you do this you will increase your chances to appear in a Google search.

Tip: You can also include a keyword in your URL like http://www.linkedin.com /in/CarlySimonSinger

4. Collect RecommendationsRequest people who already worked with you or for you to recommend you. Try to look for different people to point out a variety of skills you have. It gives credibility and shows your networking skills.

Tip: You should also make good recommendations as they will also appear on your profile.

5. Strategic ConnectionsAs you increase your connections you’ll increase the chances to appear on the recruiters’ search. Identify people you want to establish a connection with and write a personalized message in each request.

Tip: You can talk about the fact you are looking for a job, but don’t do it in the first message.

6. Share, be activeSome people think they just need to create a profile, add some people and magic will happen. Things don’t work that way, you cannot just make a profile and expect for a job to knock at your door. You need to actively participate and engage on LinkedIn activities. You can join some groups, share some interesting content or comment on others in order to make your profile more visible.If you need some help, we know how to create an impressive LinkedIn profile:

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Top 10 Best Jobs for 2014

These are the best jobs for 2014, according to a study by CareerCast.

So if you have one of these or if you are applying of these be prepared for a lot of competition! Prepare your resume so you can be great at the interview and get the job!

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1. Mathematician
Midlevel income: $101,360
Key factors for ranking: work environment, high income and outlook, low stress

These are the people who figure out if a decision makes sense for a company or organization, be it digging for oil or building a car. They work in a variety of sectors, including energy, transportation and IT.

2. Tenured university professor
Midlevel income: $68,970
Key factors for ranking: work environment (ranks No. 1 of all jobs), lack of stress

The key word here is tenured. “That means they have a job for life,” Lee said, pointing out that they also receive a six-month sabbatical every seven years. Plus, they usually teach about three to four classes per week and have a say in setting their schedule.

3. Statistician
Midlevel income: $75,560
Key factors for ranking: work environment, outlook

“These are the people who determine the statistical likelihood of things,” Lee said. “They figure out how many people will buy that new iPad or if that breakfast cereal is selling well due to changing demographics.” Basically, any kind of planning for the future. And they can work across most industries.

4. Actuary
Midlevel income: $93,680
Key factors for ranking: environment, hiring outlook

Actuaries, who came in No. 1 on last year’s best jobs list, are the people who determine how long something is going to last. Typically, they work for insurance companies (this accounts for around 80 percent of actuaries), estimating how long people are going to live or the statistical likelihood that they will get a particular disease. However, they’re increasingly being used for other industries, such as infrastructure: How long will that bridge last? Is it time to replaced that rail line?

5. Audiologist
Midlevel income: $69,720
Key factors for ranking: outlook, lack of stress

Audiologists tend to work in a low-stress environment in a job that is very rewarding, since their focus is to help patients deal with hearing issues. Plus, the hiring outlook gets a boost on two fronts: aging baby boomers and retiring audiologists.

6. Dental hygienist Midlevel income: $70,210 Key factors for ranking: low stress (it ranks as the least stressful of all 200 jobs on this list), outlook

“Talk to a dental hygienist and they’ll tell you the best part of their job is that they’re in control of the situation,” Lee said. They work directly with their patients and get to set their own schedule. Plus, Lee said, it’s the only job in the top 10 where you don’t need a four-year degree.

7. Software engineer
Midlevel income: $93,350
Key factors for ranking: low stress, outlook

Software engineers are the people who write software code for programs that manage everything from online shopping to home heating and airport-landing schedules.

8. Computer systems analyst
Midlevel income: $79,680
Key factors for ranking: work environment, outlook

These are the people who work with the actual hardware (from servers to laptops) to make sure that it’s the right equipment, the right amount, it’s doing what a company needs it to do, and there are no outages. They’re always working to increase speed and efficiency. And there is a huge demand for what they do.

9. Occupational therapist
Midlevel income: $75,400
Key factors for ranking: outlook, low stress

These are people who help patients overcome illness or accidents so they can return to the workforce. “It’s very satisfying work,” Lee said, explaining that it’s one of those jobs that receives more thank-yous than others because its aim is to help patients overcome a major obstacle.

10. Speech pathologist
Midlevel income: $69,870
Key factors for ranking: low stress, hiring outlook

Here’s another job that tends to be personally rewarding, because of its positive effects on a patient’s life. Plus, many of the patients requiring speech assistance are children. Health-care jobs have ranked extremely well over the past few years as baby boomers age, and this year was no exception, with 4 of the top 10 jobs coming from the sector.

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What part of your resume is being read by recruiters?

A recent study from The Ladders shows how is the recruiter’s behavior when it comes to resume screening and evaluation. According to the study, recruiters waste an average of 6 seconds to the first screening of resumes. So you have 6 seconds to convince them why you should go to the next phase.

An “eye tracking” scientific technique was used in 30 recruiters for a period of 10 weeks, examining the ocular movements while evaluating several resumes. After that they were able to identify what parts of resumes are more looked at and for how long.

These are what recruiters spend more time looking at:

  • Name
  • Positions/Roles
  • Companies
  • Dates
  • Education

Here you have 2 examples of different resumes and their differences are clear.

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The one in the right was more looked at because it’s easier to read and it has a structure.

Make sure your resume is readable and that you highlight the names and positions you held in the past or you are looking for in the future. Make your resume stand out, or ask us for a little help at www.impressiveresumes.net.

How stupid and unreal do you find most job offers?

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Looking for an employee able to work in a team and work independently?

It is not unusual to find these kind of requirements in a job offer, but what is the real meaning behind them?

We were looking for some job offers and we found this one asking for someone to be able to work in a team environment and work independently. At first we didn’t pay much attention because we are so used to have these words in every job related ad. But then we asked ourselves, aren’t we all able to do that?

In fact we are. Even if you prefer to work independently everyone is able to work in a team environment and vice-versa. Actually most jobs have a combination of both environments. If you are applying for a freelancing position for example, we are going to assume you like to work independently. And if we are talking about an offer for joining a specific team, you have to be able to work in that team environment. But you’ll also have to be able to work independently. There is no such thing as a 100% job working in a team environment.

We wrote this article to tell you about the vices of the HR world. We are so used to the bla bla bla world that sometimes we write things without question the obvious. Recently most jobs offers I looked at are searching for people (or should we say super-heros) with:

Communication skills (It’s so overrated that it has no meaning at all. Evaluate this in an interview, so don’t bother write it on your resume or select someone who is able to write that)

Able to work in a team environment but also work independently (Guess what?! You just shorted down your list from 100% to 99%!)

– It’s an internship but you have to have 2 years of experience (Companies are looking for the impossible. They want the best for the smallest price. In the long term it’s not sustainable and you’ll not attract the best people with that kind of offer.)

Graduates with knowledge in a specific software (Are you aware of most universities’ study program? They are vague and not that much focused on the practical side of the work environment. Instead of looking for someone with that specific knowledge, choose someone who fits the company and position and invest one week to train that person.)

And the list can go on….Now we want to hear from you:

Recruiters: Do you agree? How do you define your job offers’ requirements?

Job Hunters: How many of these do you find and what do you think about them?

 

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Top 10 Most Creative and Impressive Resumes

Most of them are used for graphic design positions but you can also consider to use them for Marketing positions and more open-minded and start-up companies.

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#10 Graphic Design: Using a lot of icons to illustrate the skills and technical knowledge.

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#09 Teaser: Use your resume as a teaser to make recruiters want to get to know you better.

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#08 Boxes: Using creative boxes to organize your struture will give a dynamic dimension to your resume.

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#07 Colorful: Use colors to give a special touch in your resume. Adapt them to the company/position.

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#06 Infographic:  Using graphic elements to show your skills and experiences.

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#05 Advertisement: A advertisement shape can make your resume catchy and capture the recruiters attention. Make some headlines!

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#04 Application Form: Very structured and providing a flow with graphic and text.

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#03 Biography: Focus on yourself! You are the person they are looking for.

68-creative-cv-resumes#02 Timeline: A timeline with most important experiences and achievements is easy to read.

60-creative-cv-resumes#01 Hybrid: An hybrid document with graphic aspects and the text information can be the key to a successful resume.

 

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How can you use colors on your resume

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Using color in your resume can help you to stand out in a job application. But you can stand-out positively and negatively.

NEGATIVE:

  • Bright text highlights
  • Yellow and Red should be used carefully
  • Using colors does not mean to use flowers or any kind of pictures/drawings

POSITIVE:

  • A resume should give a positive vibe to the recruiter and colors can help
  • It gives an impression of a self-confident person
  • Use them in borders, bullet points of in your resume’s design
  • Use colors to highlight specific elements or the structure
  • The colors should fit the industry/company and your personality

 

AS long as the use of color do not interfere with the readability of your resume, color can be a powerful tool in differentiate your resume from others. Don’t turn you resume into a rainbow, try to be consistent and use only one or 2 colors per document. You can also use these colors in your portfolio.

Here are some brief summary of colors and their attributes:

  • RED: express action, passion, power or courage
  • ORANGE: express determination, encouragement, strength or productivity
  • YELLOW: express optimism, positivity, energy or vision
  • GREEN: express the environment, calmness, growth or rebirth
  • BLUE: express trust, reliability, integrity or truth
  • PURPLE: Use purple to express luxury, spirituality, inspiration or dignity

 

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The perks of working in a start-up company

  • Learning Environment: Everybody is there to make mistakes and learn. Do it as much as you can.
  • Loyalty is the key: A closer leadership bring more loyalty within employees and employers.
  • Be prepared for change: Every day has a different flavor, take the best out of it.
  • Believe in the concept: Feel the company as your own and believe in its end goal.
  • More responsibility: You are not just another employee, you can make a difference.

Impressive Resumes

When you apply for start-ups you have to make sure your resume and cover letter reflects the spirit and the needs of a start-up company. Also in an interview for a start-up you have to show different skills and provide examples that can be linked with a start-up reality. Here are some of the main characteristics of a start-up company to take in consideration in the application process.

  • Choose wisely

    First of all you need to study the market and see which kind of start-up you want to be part of. There are thousands of start-ups starting every day. Most of them fail to succeed. Do your research and make sure you get involved in a successful project or one you can take the best out of the experience.

  • Long hours

    If you are expecting to have a great work-balance life, forget it. But it will not be imposed to you. You’ll choose to work long hours. This is the precious thing of working in a start-up: you get really involved and you feel you own the company. Your work becomes your life, in a good sense: you make friends there, you laugh all day, you go to bed with a mission-accomplished feeling. If this isn’t happening, then you are probably in the wrong company.

  • Get your hands dirty

    With the long hours comes the flexibility of your position in the company. The business is starting, everything involves a big risk. Get ready for change and to adapt yourself. You can have a job description but you’ll probably do a lot more than what you are “supposed” to do. And you’ll do it gladly!

  • Horizontal leadership

    Don’t expect to a have a boss in the formal sense of the word. You’ll find a much more horizontal leadership where you can take part on important decisions. Your voice will be heard. These can work for some people but not for always. Some people are leaders and some are followers and there are space for everybody. In fact, one wouldn’t exist without the other.

 

And at the end you will start to think about your own start-up! Are you an entrepreneur? Then start your business or join a start-up company.

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