There are some days when nothing you do at your job works out the right way. Maybe you’ve been reduced to teaching “Da-Doo-Ron-Ron” to English-as-a-second-language students because you have no idea how to really teach English. Or perhaps you’ve had enough of that awful taxi driver job and you’ve threatened to leave an old woman and her luggage in the middle of a bridge.
Time for a career change!
Like Harold Ramis and Bill Murray in the classic 1981 comedy, “Stripes,” you, too, have finally figured out that you need to call in some kind of help. But, who ya gonna call? (No, wait. That’s the other Murray/Ramis movie.) In this case we’re talking about calling in a recruiter. But, unlike the guys in the film, you can’t just walk into a job recruiter’s office and tell them how willing you are to learn and get all signed up. Those headhunters need to find you. Uh…er…um…how?
Relax. It’s pretty easy, actually.
One of the best ways to grab the attention of a job recruiter is to maintain a good LinkedIn profile, and this month’s Help Files focuses on strategies to reel in the job-givers with a top-flight LinkedIn page. Tweak. Update a photo. Tweak some more. See? You’re now ready to move up the job ladder and keep the world safe for democracy.
It seems that everyone and their brother is now on LinkedIn, which is great. But you’re one of millions. What if you’re looking for a job and could use a little help from a recruiter? Just because you’re on LinkedIn doesn’t mean that recruiters know you’re there or how to find you. So how do you lure recruiters to your profile? First and foremost, you need to post a picture that shows you in a professional light. Need more? Nancy Perkins of Million Social Help has a bunch more tips for you.
Now that you’re on LinkedIn, how are you supposed to attract a recruiter’s attention? After all, you’re one of many who are on that social network. You need to figuratively wave your arms and flag someone down. Again, your picture is the first thing anyone sees, and like it or not, if your picture shows you enjoying yourself at the local bar during happy hour, it would behoove you to post a more serious picture of yourself. The Savvy Intern’s Tony Restell has another nine tips.
If you’re on the job market, you need to dust off and polish your resume. The same goes for your LinkedIn profile, especially your headline. LinkedIn automatically uses the job title from your latest job, but you can change this. The Savvy Intern’s Hannah Morgan shows you how, and then shares another four tips.
Advice from LinkedIn experts helps, but what about advice from the very people you’re trying to reach? What do recruiters say about LinkedIn? Well, one recruiter has shared what she thinks people should do on Linkedin, including using stealth mode and joining groups. To see the rest, read what Social Hire’sKyra Mancine has to say about LinkedIn.
If you like infographics and the condensed way they present information, then I have something right up your alley. The Avid Careerist’s Donna Svei shares an infographic that walks you through finding recruiters on LinkedIn.
We all know now that your LinkedIn profile is important. After you post a professional photo of yourself, there is still more you can do. Careerealism’s Ryan Niessen offers a few additional tweaks you can perform.
You have completed your LinkedIn profile. You also posted a serious photo. But what else should you do? What do recruiters want from candidates? What do recruiters look for? These are questions all job hunters should ask themselves. Fortunately, Next Avenue’s Rhona Bronson has the answers for you.
If you’re lucky enough to have a job, you might feel like ignoring a call from a recruiter. Just send it to voicemail. After all, you have a job, right? You’re safe and sound. Why bother? Sadly, just because you have a job on Monday, doesn’t mean you’ll still have that job on Tuesday. Jobs are no longer held for 40 years. There are no more gold watches. Business conditions change from minute to minute and hour to hour. Suppose you’re working on a project for a client, but that client suddenly cancels the contract. Your previously “secure” position now appears more tenuous. Anyone can be let go at any time, including you. Lifehacker’s Dave Greenbaum has the low down on dealing with recruiter’s when you’re not really looking for another job.
Getting help from a good recruiter who is looking out for your best interests is great. But what if the recruiter is you. Yes, *you.* I can hear you exclaim, “What, so now I’m a recruiter?!” That’s right. You can act in your own best interests if that’s what you want to do. AOL Jobs’ Adam Dince explains how he acted as his own recruiter. Sometimes doing things for yourself is the best way to go.
You’ve slaved over your resume. You’ve devoted entire weekends to working on the thing. You’re pored over every bullet point. You’ve polished every accomplishment. And the person who skims your resume is going to spend a glorious six seconds (!) on it. Yes, that’s right. Only six seconds. Well, if you’ve got only six seconds, you’d better make every one of them count. AOL Jobs’ Vivian Giang tells you what recruiters look at during the speedy six seconds they spend on your resume.
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