What Recruiters Really See on your LinkedIn Profile

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

linkedin-911794_640LinkedIn is the largest social network dedicated entirely to business relations and it can easily help you land the job of your dreams. A recent study performed by The Ladders shows exactly what parts of your LinkedIn profile recruiters actually look into and also reveals that the average time spent looking at individual resumes is just 6 seconds.

Here are the most important data points to structure your LinkedIn Profile according to the results of the study:

Name

Make sure your name is clearly displayed on the profile, perhaps along with a professional photo. The study suggests that recruiters spend 19% of their time looking at the profile image, along with the name and current title. Make sure your profile photo shows you as the professional you are or want to become.

Current Title & Position

In order to determine if you are a suitable candidate recruiters look into your current title. Make sure its included in easy-to-understand manner, along with detailed description of your specific responsibilities within the organization.  The key to landing the job of your dreams is having the right set of professional skills, backed with experience. Make sure your resume sends this message within its first few lines.

Previous Title & Position

A factor used to determine your level of professionalism is to review your previous title at the previous position you held. Include detailed description of the exact work responsibilities and function you had at your previous workplace. Don’t write too much – you have only 6 seconds to impress the recruiters, so everything must lead straight to the point.

Education

If you still haven’t done it, adding your education and professional certifications to your LinkedIn profile is very important. Even though this is the last thing recruiters review in your resume, it certainly holds a lot of weight when it comes to making the final decision.

Interestingly, according to the report, “Beyond these six data points, recruiters did little more than scan for keywords to match the open position, which amounted to a very cursory “pattern matching” activity.”

The results are the same for online or offline resumes. Recruiters consistently look in the same places for the same information. That means that the structure of your resume is just as important as the content, which will probably also be scanned by filtering software which picks up on the keywords.

If you aren’t confident in the structure of your resume, or you’ve had no success with your current resume, ask the professionals at Resumes for Results to make sure your resume is written with your potential employer in mind, showcasing your unique skills, expertise and achievements.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Give yourself the best advantage possible, and have your resume professionally prepared.