on 27/09/2015 by admin



A recruiter who sources candidates globally sifts through thousands of potential profiles for every search. While doing so we have to make quick assessments of potential fit and likelihood of interest from the candidate.


Take a look at these insights to see if you can increase your chances of being noticed.

1. If you’ve been in a company for your last 3 positions or more than 6 years, we might think that you are not open to trying a new company. Changing your header to something other than your current role can be a soft indication that you don’t view yourself as an extension of your employer, and that you are indeed open to a change.


2. If you are looking for an international opportunity but have never moved from the country or town where you went to university, we might be inclined to think that you are not open to relocating. Put a reference to “internationally minded” or “globally mobile” in your summary to show that you are open to opportunities abroad.


3. If you don’t have any recommendations or none from your last two jobs, we might be suspicious of your performance. Make sure you collect at least one recommendation for each job from people senior to you in your organization or client company.


4. When it comes to the profile photo, unless you are in the fishing industry, a picture of you next to a trout will not speak for you. Also pictures with your spouse or children are not suitable for Linkedin. Don’t give recruiters a chance to assume too much from your picture 😉 A smart photo of you dressed professionally and with a welcoming smile or expression is perfect.


5. Your header is the first thing we see when we run a search, so make sure it shows what your expertise is. “Actively searching for a new opportunity” doesn’t tell us what you do or what you want to do. “Marketing Director with 10+ years of experience in emerging markets”, gives us a lot more information that might get our attention and make us actually click our way into your profile.


6. Your summary is a great place to showcase your milestone achievements, your personality and ambitions. It can be a good idea to make the summary visible to everyone, so people who are not connected to you and cannot see your full experience, can get an idea of who you are and what you want here.


7. Don’t write your Linked in profile in third person. We all know you wrote it (unless you paid someone for it) so it just makes it sound overly pretentious.


8. Don’t attach your CV to your profile. Your LinkedIn page IS your tool and remember that it is a networking site, both for improving the results in what you are currently doing, as well as for job search. Attaching your CV makes you seem somewhat desperate when it comes to putting yourself out there as a candidate. You should treat your own CV with respect and always know who has it and why.


9. It is a good idea to keep your profile up to date with sufficient content. If you suddenly start adding lots of connections and filling out your profile, some people might assume you have started to look for a job. If you don’t want it to be that obvious, stay moderately active throughout all times.


10. Don’t forget to fill in “career opportunities” under the section of “contact for”. If you fit a profile perfectly recruiters will contact you anyhow, but showing a natural curiousity for what is out there is always smart. If you prefer to be contacted over a specific channel, such as e-mail (maybe your inmail goes to your work e-mail), you can specify this under “Advice for contacting”.


Hopefully this has given your further insights into how to improve your profile and make it even more eye catching.