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What Recruiters Pay Attention To For Your LinkedIn And Online Profile

What Recruiters Pay Attention To For Your LinkedIn And Online Profile

For recruiters, both professional and casual social media sites alike are very common sources for potential job candidates. When recruiters seek out the most ideal candidates for an interview or job offer, they use sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to gather information that – in addition to resumes – will contribute significantly to their hiring decision.

Of course, not every aspect of your online profile will be of concern to recruiters. Your number of friends or your relationship status will never more important than job-related areas like recommendations and personality, the latter of which is gathered through your consummate social media presence.

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1. Personality is Preferred

On LinkedIn, it’s recommended to limit news feed updates or conversations to a more professional standard. To attract the attention of job recruiters, you should join various LinkedIn groups in a field of your interest, while contributing quality interactions by commenting on news items in that group’s news feed. An example of quality interaction is sharing a niche-related infographic or news story. This will show recruiters that you are genuinely interested and knowledgeable in that particular field.

On Facebook, personality is expressed more naturally, via hobbies and conversations with friends. Via your privacy settings, most people have information like wall posts, friends and interactions set to private, so only friends can see. Doing this is fine even when job hunting, as job recruiters use Facebook more to validate personal interests through your liked pages. Some recruiters will browse through your photos to get a better assessment of your lifestyle, as well.

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2. Profile Completeness is Essential

Job recruiters like to see candidates that fill out every aspect of their profile. On LinkedIn, this is easy due to the site’s pop-up reminders that show your profile completion. Aim for 100% profile completeness, as this will look good to recruiters while also making your profile more searchable, which is another aspect that recruiters look for. If a recruiter sees that a job candidate has no or little online presence, they will very frequently perceive it as a weakness.

3. Recommendations and Endorsements Are Key

LinkedIn recommendations and endorsements are both highly-utilized bits of information by job recruiters, since it is the most accurate representation on social media of how the job candidate is perceived by his/her peers in specific fields. Endorsements are valuable because they elaborately express why the job candidate is qualified and easy to work with, while recommendations show how renowned that candidate is in specific fields and what their various talents are.

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4. Share Success Stories

Yes, recruiters want to see your job history. But they also want to see what you accomplished while there. Success stories are a great way to show why you are a valued employee. If possible, use numbers to emphasize your success in a particular role, such as “boosted overall sales by 50%” or “was directly responsible for the signing of 30 new clients in a one-month span.” This gives recruiters a way to quantify your success, which is useful when they are comparing potential job candidates.

5. A Professional Picture

Having a casual photo on Facebook is fine and expected. However, it’s recommended to use a professional looking photo on LinkedIn, as it will show recruiters that you take your professional life seriously. It’s not necessary to get a professional head shot done. Instead, look at employees’ LinkedIn accounts within the company you’d like to work at and use their photos as reference for your new head shot.

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Social media provides job recruiters more options than ever to fill positions, so it’s important to emphasize the points above to stand out from the rest of the pack. Doing so will ensure that your social media profiles are as visible and recruiter-friendly as possible so you can net your potential dream job.

Featured photo credit: Nan Palmero via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 23, 2021

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

10 Best Free Job Apps You Need For Effective Job Hunting

Seeking for the right job but not sure how to do it in a more effective way?

Try job search apps!

To make the job hunting process easier, I’m recommending 10 best job apps that can help you look for the right match anywhere at any time. The best of all? They’re all free!

1. jobandtalent

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    Great for browsing new jobs as you commute home via subway, bus or carpool, the jobandtalent app is like a Pinterest for job seekers.

    Easily browse, save and revisit job postings from your smartphone and receive notifications about jobs that match your professional qualifications.

    Download it for iOS and Android.

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    2. Jobr

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      This job hunting app is unique in that it lets you anonymously browse job listings based on your professional resume. If a company that you like also shows an interest in you, the app let’s you chat directly with a company rep. Great for getting your foot in the door and making a memorable impression.

      Download it for iOS.

      3. Monster Job Search

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        I’m a big fan of Monster. It’s one of the first job sites employers think of when they want to list a new position online. The Monster Job Search app functions pretty similarly to the normal website, so it’s very easy to use for not-so-tech-savvy job hunters.

        Download it for iOS and Android.

        4. Jobs and Career Search

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        job and career search

          This is a good, simple app for browsing global locations for your next job. With a job index of more than 50,000 jobs listed globally, this app is a good choice if you are moving to a new area and want to line a new job up quickly.

          Download it for iOS.

          5. Hyper Networking Groups

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            This job hunting app isn’t so much a job hunting app as it is a connections hunting app. It’s great for learning who’s who in your desired field and forming connections. It also shows you how you and your industry connections are connected via your social networks, so you can follow up with them on your other social sites.

            Download it for iOS.

            6. CardDrop

            CardDrop

              CardDrop is an awesome job hunting app that let’s you digitally drop and pick up virtual business cards. This app is great for helping you make new connections at seminars, interviews, meetings and conferences. You can also attach social media profiles to the cards you pick up or send to enable easier connecting on social networks.

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              Download it for Android and iOS.

              7. Job Interview Questions

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                Okay, so this app looks kind of outdated, but it’s super useful for getting you into the swing of answering any kind of interview question that is thrown your way. The big benefit of using this app is that it explains to you what your interviewers motivations might be for asking you a specific kind of question. Learn what your interviewer is looking for in your answers and be more prepared for the real interview when the time comes.

                Download it for Android.

                8. 101 Interview Questions and Answers

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                  This app is great because it provides guidance about the kinds of answers you should give for each kind of question. Think of it as an essay rubric but for job interview questions.

                  Download it for Android.

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                  9. Job Interview Question-Answer

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                    Feeling confident with your text-answered interview questions but concerned about doing the face-to-face interview? This app prepares you for interacting with your interviewer by simulating an employer asking you questions.

                    You can record your response and see what you look like to the interviewer to understand what movements, vocal pauses, etc. you need to work on.

                    Download this app for iOS and Android.

                    10. HireVue

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                      HireVue is a great job hunting app for those times when your interviewer wants to get some preliminary questions out of the way.

                      When an interested employer wants to interview you, they send you a request via HireVue and you can answer it in your free time, when you’re ready. Your interview might consist of a some FaceTime, some multiple choice questions or open-ended text answers and can be completed and sent to the interviewer when you’re finish.

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                      Download it for Android and iOS.

                      Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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